|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|7.3 – TD Friends of the Environment||Yes||10-0||Deferral|
|11.4 – GECDSB Bus Bay and encroachments||Yes||10-0||Deferral|
|8.8 – Upper Little River management plan||Yes||6-4||Delegation|
|10.3 – Pilot project for EPIPens @ Forest Glade Arena||Yes||3-8||Delegation|
|8.11 – Downtown Collaborative garden||Yes||10-0||Delegation|
|11.1 – 2017 Tax Policy – Ratios||No||8-3||Delegation|
|11.3 – Riverside Baseball Park||Yes||10-0||Deferral|
|11.2 – BIA Assistance Fund – Memorial Cup||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|Item 7.2 – Waterront property Acquisition – ex Abars||Yes||10-0||Referral|
Item 11.1 – 2017 Tax Policy Ratios: Council already set the tax levy January – tonight City Council was deliberating on how that tax levy cost will be divided among the different tax classes, for example:
- Vacant land/parking
Although I acknowledge the very good work by Administration in putting this complicated puzzle together, ultimately I could not support the way the tax burden was divided among tax classes because it raised the tax ratio among job creators such as commercial property owners while at the same time reducing the tax burden on vacant property owners. Furthermore, even after assessment is taken into consideration, another job creator class – shopping centre owners – ended up paying more than the previous year.
In principle – I cannot support a distribution of the tax levy which raises tax ratios or tax impact on job creator classes such as commercial and shopping centres – while at the same time reducing the tax burden on vacant property owners – a tax class which creates zero jobs.