Toronto taxpayers are facing a 35% tax hike unless there are job cuts to the city’s workforce, Mayor Rob Ford warned Friday.
His administration can’t avoid penning pink slips if more staff does not start volunteering to take buyouts the mayor said on The Roundtable, with Sun News Network co-hosts Pat Bolland and Sue-Ann Levy, the Toronto Sun’s veteran city hall columnist.
“I don’t know if we have a choice,” Ford said, adding he is reluctant to take that hard road.
Ford said in July that the city could no longer afford to employ 53,000 workers and offered buyout packages to 17,000 unionized employees and managers.
Blaming “the previous administration” driven by council left-wingers with a “culture” of milking taxpayers to finance special interest programs, Ford said he wants to work with city worker unions and avoid axing staff. Read More…