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February 10. 2016 – Ward Update Gouging Budget

Dear Constituent,

Gouging Budget

Tuesday morning, Mayor Tory and the Executive Committee of Council, approved an overall budget increase of 2.69%. This is composed of a 1.3 % increase, plus 0.6 % to help pay for the yet-to-be-decided transit plan for Scarborough.

The total adjusted property tax increase, if approved, will be a $72.26 increase for the average home assessed at $549,586. (please see Toronto Star article)

In our Ward, where some homes are appraised at twice this amount, this could spell an even a higher increase.

We have cost overruns in many projects and departments in the City. We have a cost overrun of close to half a billion dollars in building the subway extension to Vaughan.

I believe there are more savings that can be realized if we were to look harder.

For seniors and other residents of Toronto, who live on fixed incomes, these increases will present an overwhelming financial hardship. With increases in water, garbage collection rates and no talk of a Sheppard Subway, I find this move hard to fathom and even harder to support.

I welcome your suggestions and opinions. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416 392 1374, email me at jim@karygiannis.net or fax us at 647 723 0287.

Upcoming Events

You are invited to a Community Flag Raising Ceremony Friday, February 19, 2016 10:15 am


Community Alert & Updates

Syrian Refugees – if you wish to assist by renting part of your home, donating furniture please call the Armenian Community Center at (647) 860-4345

There may be many people knocking on your door wishing to sell you services and/or check your appliances. Be aware and do not open your door. Read more to know your rights. Click here

Here comes the snow.
To get regular updates on snow plowing and other advisories please click here.

Travel Alert  Zika Virus click here and get updated info

Overnight parking changes
If you reside in the Silver Springs Boulevard Area, there will be no overnight parking between the hours of 2:00 am to 6:00 am.
Click here to see map – (McNicoll on the north, Kennedy on teh east, Finch on the south, Birchmount on the west)

Possibility of a Strike by City outside workers my thoughts click here

There are dates of significance occurring in the next few days. I want to share our messages with you.

February 14, 2016 – Valentine’s Day
February 15, 2016 – 51st Anniversary of National Flag Day of Canada
February 15, 2016 – Serbian National Day
February 23, 2016 – Guyanese Republic Day

The messages above will appear two days before the celebration date on my website click here:

If we have missed any important dates, please email and let us know jim@karygiannis.net
We will be glad to add them.

If you require additional information and or assistance with municipal related items, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416 392 1374.