Jul 11, 2012

By Jane Brown

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The controversial One City transit plan comes up for debate today at Toronto City Hall.  It was TTC Chair Karen Stintz who came up with the proposal along with TTC vice chair Glen DeBaeremaker.  The multi billion dollar transit plan calls for several new subway and light rapid transit lines throughout Toronto, but where the money will come from is still up for discussion.  Stintz originally called for a set of property tax increases to fund the proposal.  Mayor Rod Ford has rejected the idea of a property tax increase that would stick for several decades.  But Stintz feels the mayor can’t have it both ways.  She says, “the mayor has been pretty consistent that he doesn’t like taxes, but he’s also been pretty consistent that he wants to build subways.  So at some point, he’s going to have to decide what he wants more. ”   While council will debate the transit plan today, the debate on how to fund it has been put off for another time.

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