New York City has a sales tax and income taxes and bridge tolls. Revenue tools Toronto does not have.And, bringing this back to Toronto and the TTC, it’s clear that Toronto’s tax take is insufficient to manage the city and the services it wants to provide and its citizens demand.
To give a few examples:
Regardless of what you think of it’s tax rates, at the very minimum if your ability to maintain infrastructure is falling behind year after year you should consider whether you have too much infrastructure or a revenue problem.
- Toronto’s ability to keep parks and street trees in good condition (trees, washroom facilities, etc) has plummeted.
- Its ability to fix potholes and do street cleaning has also suffered greatly, with many street drains completely backed up.
- Toronto’s SOGR backlog in every single department has increased. Every department!
- Toronto’s community facilities are increasingly oversubscribed and parents have a hard time getting access. Not to mention that some facilities have had such poor maintenance that they have to be closed at the last minute (I recall two cases in the last 6 months)
- And let’s not even get into TCHC…