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RobFord’sTaxpayerProtectionPlan
Everytaxdollarthecityspendscomesoutofthepocketsofhardworkingpeopleandfamilieswho’veearnedit.It’smoneythosefamiliescan’tspendputtingfoodontheirtables,clothesontheirchildren,gettingtransportationtoandfromwork.Thecitybetterdosomethingimportantwithit.Toooftenthisisnotthecase.It’stimetobringtransparencyandaccountabilitytogovernment.It’stimetoimprovethecustomerservicepeopleandbusinessesreceivefromCityHall.It’stimetoshowsomerespectfortaxpayersinToronto.1.
 
ReduceMayor’sandCouncillors’Budgets.
Inadditiontotheirsalaryof$100,000,eachCouncillorreceivesabudgetof$207,584tohirestaff.
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Councillorsalsoreceiveatax-freeallowanceof$50,445for“otherexpenses.”
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Becausetherearefewguidelinesfortheuseofthismoney,muchofitisspentoninappropriateexpenses.TheCitywillreducethemayor’sofficebudgetforstaffingandexpensesby20percentfrom$2,560,717
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to$2,048,573savingthetaxpayer$512,143eachyear.TheCitywillreduceCouncillors’“expenseaccounts”from$50,445to$30,000savingtaxpayers$899,580peryear.Theremaining$30,000allowancewillbeallocatedforspecific,approvedexpenseswithmaximumamountssetforeachcategory.TheCitywillreduceCouncillors’staffingbudgetsfrom$207,584to$175,000(morethanenoughtohirethreestaffperCouncillor)savingtaxpayersanother$1,433,696eachyear.
CostImpact:TaxpayerSavingsof$2,845,419peryearstartingin2011.
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PublishCitySpendingOnline.
Taxpayershavetherighttoknowhowtheirmoneyisspent.TheCitywillpublishallpublicexpendituresonlinesocitizenscanholdtheirgovernmentaccountable.Thisincludesallcitypurchases,includingthosemadeoncity-issuedpurchasingcards(i.e.creditcards).TheCitywillexpandits
OpenData
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initiativetomakefullpublicspendingdataavailableonline.
CostImpact:Upto$500,000forminorITimprovementsandoperatingcosts.
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Open,Transparent&CompetitivePurchasing.
Taxpayershavetherighttogetgoodvaluefortheirmoney.Eachyear,thecitypurchasesabout$1billioningoodsandservices.
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Often,thesepurchasesaremadewithoutacompetitiveprocess.Withoutafree,fairandopenpurchasingprocess,manysuppliersareexcludedfromopportunitiesandtaxpayerscannotknowiftheyaregettinggoodvalueformoney.TheCitywilladoptbestpracticesforallpurchases–ensuringcompetitivebidsaresolicitedforeverymajorpurchaseandtheentirepurchasingprocessismadeopenandtransparent.
CostImpact:Afivepercentreductioninoverallpurchasingcostswouldsavethecityabout$50Millioneachyear.
 
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ProtectingWhistleblowers.
Cityemployeeswhoactinthebestinterestoftaxpayersdeserveprotection.Currentcitypoliciesonlyprotectemployeeswhoreportfraud.TheCitywillenactaBy-LawprotectingemployeesfromformalandinformalretaliationwhentheyrevealinformationaboutwastefulspendingormismanagementatCityHall.
CostImpact:Thisprogramwillhelpfindandstopwastefulspending.
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EliminatetheAnti-Competition“FairWage”Policy
.Toronto’sso-called“fairwagepolicy”stiflesprivatesectorcompetitionforcitycontractsandensurestheCitypaystop-dollarforeveryproject.TheCitywilleliminatethispolicyandallowprivatecontractorstobidcompetitivelyontenderedprojects.
CostImpact:Significantsavingsoncontractedwork.
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 AccountableVoting
.Taxpayershavetherighttoknowhowtheirrepresentativesvoteontheirbehalf.Rightnow,manyCityCouncilvotesarenotrecorded.TheCitywillrecordallvotesofCityCouncilandthevotingrecordwillbepostedonline.
Nosignificantcostimpact.
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ReducingSecretMeetings
.Fartoomany“secretdeals”arebeingmadebehindcloseddoorsatCityHall.CityCouncilwillreducetothebareminimumthenumberofmeetingsitholds“incamera.”Whenclosed-doormeetingsareabsolutelynecessary,Councilwillseta“sunshinedate”–adatewhenminutesofthemeetingwillbemadepublic.Thatway,Councillorswillknowtheywillbeheldaccountablefortheirdecisions.
Nosignificantcostimpact.
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SettingServiceStandards.
TheCitywillensuretelephonecallsandemailstoCityStaffarereturnedwithintwoworkingdays.Formostinquiries,residentsshouldberedirectednotmorethanoncebeforesomeonecananswertheirquestion.Ifresidentsareunhappywiththeresponse,CityStaffwillclearlyexplainhowtoescalatetheirconcernormakeacomplaint.CityStaffwillbeidentifiablebyfirstnameinallappropriatecircumstances.
Nosignificantcostimpact.
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Measuring&RewardingPerformance.
TheCitywillactivelysolicitinputaboutitscustomerserviceperformanceonaregularbasis.ThisinformationwillbebrokendownbyWardandDepartmentandpublishedonline.CustomerSatisfactionwillbeincorporatedintoseniormanagers’performancereviews.
CostImpact:Upto$750,000peryearforcustomersatisfactionresearch.
 
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RealCommunityConsultation.
TheCitywillestablishstandardstoensureallmajordevelopmentdecisionsorsignificantchangesaffectingcommunitiesincludeafullandcompletecommunityconsultationprocess.Thisprocesswillnotjust“inform”communitiesofdecisionsalreadymade–itwillengagestakeholdersearlyenoughsoplanscanreflecttheirinterestsandideas.Thisprocesswillincludeproactivenotificationofallimpactedresidents,businessesandotherstakeholdergroupsandrequiresufficientlead-timetoreceiveinformedinput.TheCitywillexplorenewtechnologiestoenhanceitsabilitytoconductbroad,timelyconsultationinacost-effectivemanner.
CostImpact:Upto$1millionperyeartoimprovecommunityconsultation.
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StrongerCommunityCouncils.
Torontoisacityofneighborhoods,eachwithitsowncharacterandpriorities.Onesizedoesnotfitall.Toreflectthis,CityCouncilwilldelegatetoCommunityCouncilsmoreauthoritytomakefinaldecisionsonissueswherelocalcommunityinterestsaremostimportant.Thisincludesissuesthatdon’tmateriallyimpactcityfinancessuchas:localparkingrules,treeremovalapplications,somecurbsideservicessuchasleafpickupandsidewalksnowclearanceaswellasminorresidentialzoningvariances.Thiswillallowcommunitiestosetlocalstandardsthatreflectlocalvaluesandreducethetimerequiredtomakedecisions.CommunityCouncildecisionsunderthesedelegatedpowerswillnotrequireratificationatCityCouncil.CityCouncilmayoverturnaCommunityCouncildecisiononlywithatwo-thirdsmajorityvoteandonlyafterhearingpublicdeputationsfromaffectedcitizens.
Nosignificantcostimpact.
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GivingCitizensaVoiceatCouncil
.CitizenscurrentlydonothavetherighttospeakonmattersthatimpactthematCityCouncil.Citizensdeservetobeheard.CityCouncilwillallowreasonablepublicdeputationsonallmattersofcommunityconcern.
Nosignificantcostimpact.

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