Dear residents of Toronto,
It is my pleasure to extend warm wishes to everyone celebrating this holiday season. It’s a special time in the year to give and share and to spend time with family and friends. Warm wishes to you and your loved ones and all the best for 2017.
Over the last two years, I have been working hard to return civility to the Mayor’s Office and to make Toronto more livable, affordable and functional.
FIGHTING TRAFFIC, BUILDING TRANSIT
Last week my plan to build transit and fix the traffic that is strangling our city was overwhelmingly endorsed by City Council. Introducing tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway will make the most significant investment in transit and infrastructure in decades to cut congestion and get this city moving. Every penny raised through road tolls will be dedicated to building transit and fixing our roads.
I know how hard it can be to move around this city, whether you’re driving, on transit, on a bike or on foot. We’ve coordinated road closures, retimed signals, sped up construction, expanded our cycling network and increased our efforts on road safety – but now it’s time for a long-term plan to fix traffic, build new transit and repair our roads.
KEEPING TAXES LOW
I made a commitment to keep property taxes low and have kept that promise over the last two years. I am confident the 2017 budget will be fiscally prudent while making sensible investments in City services. We’ve saved you money by ending the ‘jobs for life’ provision for City employees, reducing the police budget for the first year ever, and implementing a modernization plan to deliver better services through technology and innovation. I understand how important it is to know that your tax dollars are being looked after and that is why I am committed to finding waste and cost savings wherever I can at City Hall.
A MORE AFFORDABLE CITY
Over the last two years I have worked hard to make Toronto a more affordable city. Our neighbours should not have to choose between paying for transit and putting food on their table. That is why I championed free TTC for kids under 12 and a discount Metropass for low-income Torontonians.
Please join me at my annual free skating party on January 8 at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke from 1-4PM. I hope to see you there.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Sincerely, John Tory