Toronto Council decided how to spend our tax dollars on February 12th.
There are thousands of items in the budget from every City Department.
Each Councillor can make motions to change things around, fund various things.
They found money for all sorts of additional things like:
· $3 million for more tree planting and boulevard sod repair;
· an extra $350 thousand for more rec and parks seasonal staff
· an extra $154 thousand for the swim program
· and so on.
Our Councillor Glenn DeBaeremaeker tried to get $790 thousand to fund improvements to Thompson Park and Centennial Recreation Centre. The Budget Chief, Councillor Crawford from Ward 36, put the motion forward. The vote was 21 Councillors in favour and 21 Councillors opposed which means the motion was NOT approved.
In YELLOW on the Ward map and listed below are the Councillors who voted NO [against Glenn’s idea]:
Toronto-East York Councillors voting NO:
Mary Margaret Mahon
North York Councillors voting NO:
Etobicoke Councillors voting NO:
What is totally amazing is that three Scarborough Councillors voted NO:
· Paul Ainslie
· Jim Hart
· Chin Lee