Gord Perks says Ford budget “screwed” tenants, sadly does not prompt “yo momma” responses
In truth, we think too much ink is spilled pining for civility in politics. Some great parliamentary moments have been precipitated by heckling from the back benches. So we’re kind of pleased to see Gord Perks use a bit of language that might otherwise have some people clutching their pearls. According to the Toronto Sun, Perks responded to the latest detail out of the budget process by saying tenants have been “screwed.”
Based on current value assessment, multi-residential properties will see a decrease of about 3.1% decrease in the average assessment. The assessments are a key factor in calculating property tax bills.
However, the city’s long-standing policy to reduce the impact of CVA on businesses, apartments will only see an average decrease of about 2.5%.
Perks charged tenants were being robbed of a tax break.
“The tenants essentially are being told because your building is falling apart and getting older, because the city hasn’t forced enough work on repairs yet, because your standard of living is declining, because no one wants to buy the building you live in, we’re going to screw you on the tax side,” he said.
As the Sun and budget chief Mike Del Grande note, this city policy isn’t new. And given that the dollar difference we’re talking about here is $12 this year according to the Toronto Star, and that taxes for tenants will still be going down by almost $50 this year, this isn’t exactly Boston Tea Party material (the historical Tea Party, not the new one).
That said, we will be adding this to our growing “renters can’t get a break” file. Whether it’s politics or the market, owning a home seems to come with a lot of privileges. It’s almost enough to make a person swear.
• City budget unfair to tenants: Councillor [Toronto Sun]
• Tenant property taxes unfair, critics say [Toronto Star]
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Gord Perks has to be one of the most out of touch, useless, lying councillors we have. This man would never survive in the private sector.
Did he not, just recently attack Mayor Rob Ford for wanting to hire experts to audit the city operations. He was so afraid what they would uncover.
Oh, Geewizzzz, look Perks…..TCHC did have the monies to help the poor, but instead they blew it on the stock market and perks for themselves.
Look at YOUR contribution to our cities deficit with your management of the Roncesvalles Ave remake. 2 times the cost so far and one more year (3rd yrs) of construction to resume this spring. By the time YOUR done, it will cost 3 times the cost. And there’s more wasteful spending at your helm.
It’s people like you that keep raising our taxes to cover your ineptness.
I think you should follow McGuinty on his way out this Oct. Watch out for that door slamming your back on your way out.
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