"Council has spent recklessly for the last 10 years, without input from the residents and businesses who are most impacted by these spending plans. It’s time for a new approach to City Hall finances that restores respect for taxpayers." - Mark Saunders
Toronto – Today, Mark Saunders put forward a plan to respect taxpayers and get the City’s finances back on a sustainable and efficient footing. These policies focus on advancing solutions that respect taxpayers, actually listens to the City’s Auditor General, and welcomes input from residents and businesses.
With over $16 billion in operating funds and nearly $50 billion in the ten-year capital plan, the City of Toronto’s budget needs to focus on delivering the services that residents expect and setting up the city to live up to its potential. Residents should expect the absolute highest degree of scrutiny when it comes to how their tax dollars are spent. Yet year after year, we see the same increases to base budgets of City programs without any questioning of value for money or whether these are the best uses of City resources.
“Council is supposed to serve taxpayers, not the other way around. As Mayor, I will dissect every single increase that is proposed to City budget lines, and demand the highest degree of accountability for these investments,” said Mark Saunders. “We need to push for more data and reporting, especially after years of budgets that get passed with input from only the same select group of vocal, self-interested City Hall insiders.”
To restore accountability and fiscal discipline to City Hall, Saunders will find efficiencies without reducing service.
Respect the taxpayer by:
Respect the Auditor General by:
“We don’t necessarily need to spend less—we need to spend smarter,” added Saunders.
In the coming days and weeks, Saunders will announce more details of his plan to protect Toronto’s future.