Toronto Taxpayers Coalition Uncovers John Tory’s Trash Tax


The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition has learned that John Tory intends to make Toronto taxpayers pay twice for the grey and green Bins introduced by the Miller administration in 2008.

Up until now, the user fee associated with waste collection from these new bins had been offset by a tax rebate. Tory plans to remove this level of tax protection, allowing the city to collect the user fee and increase the property tax burden on residents.

“It’s very disappointing to see John Tory relapse into his old pattern of not being able to say no to bad ideas,” said Toronto Taxpayers Coalition President Matthew McGuire. “He won the election by convincing Torontonians that he held fiscally conservative values, but it seems that he’s fallen under the sway of a growing group of politicians who are keenly focused on finding new ways of taxing the overburdened citizen.”

Budget documents estimate that rolling back the rebate would bring an additional $17.9M into the city coffers. However, there is no evidence that suggests that this money will be dedicated to cost recovery for the new garbage bins, or that the revenue will be going into the city’s operating budget.

Over the weekend, the coalition set up a portal to allow taxpayers to send an email to their councillor urging them to keep the rebate.

“Mayor Tory has introduced this tax grab at a time when the city is saving more money than ever on garbage collection thanks to privatization, coming off the heels of his decision to deplete the city’s capital reserves to pay for the same budget,” observed McGuire. “This raises serious questions about the long-term health of our city’s finances, and about the Mayor’s ability to manage those finances.”

“This amounts to a 0.75% tax hike on Toronto taxpayers, breaking a promise to keep tax hikes below the rate of inflation.”

The proposed new Solid Waste Rates are the second item on today’s agenda. Taxpayers can send a letter to their councillor in under 45 seconds by visiting

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Taxpayers Coalition Concerned About Tory’s Inaugural Budget


The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is concerned about the lack of cost savings initiatives in Mayor Tory’s 2015 budget.

“Though we appreciate and understand the need for an injection of money into services and infrastructure, we are concerned about the clear lack of focus on exploring more efficient ways to save money,” says President Matthew McGuire.

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Andre Marin to highlight Coalition panel on municipal accountability and transparency


The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition is pleased to be hosting an outstanding panel to discuss Bill 8 and its impact on municipal government accountability and transparency. Featuring Ombudsman Andre Marin, and moderated by Newstalk 1010′s Jerry Agar, the forum is sure to take an in-depth look at the current need and potential future impact of the Bill, and what it means for our city governments.

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Taxpayers Voting Guide Unveiled


Over 275 candidates interviewed to learn their view on important issues.

This morning, Toronto Taxpayers Coalition unveiled their Taxpayers Voting Guide – a first-of-its-kind tool to give taxpayers a better understanding of where candidates for office sit on fiscal matters.

And as an indication of its popularity and importance, over 200 people have RSVPd to attend tonight’s launch party.

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Taxpayers Coalition Launches Stop Chow Now Campaign


Yesterday, Toronto Taxpayers Coalition unveiled their latest project, the Stop Chow Now campaign. The group placed lawn signs around Toronto to coincide with thousands of letters mailed to supporters announcing the campaign and the launch of its website,

The campaign takes a look at Olivia Chow’s track record as a City Councillor and as a Member of Parliament, and closely examines her mayoral platform. The conclusion drawn is that Olivia Chow’s policies would be ruinous for the City and her record backs it up.

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