Residents are not consulted as part of the annual City budget exercise. This can be remedied by legislation creating Community Districts and Community Boards, where residents can list and prioritize the services they want included in the Annual City Budget for their communities. Recent budget cuts to the TORONTO FIRE SERVICES are not supported by residents in Toronto:
– 67% of Toronto residents believe we need to re-instate the 4 trucks and 84 firefighters that were eliminated in the 2014 budget
– 86% of residents have indicated they feel Toronto Fire Services are an important use of tax dollars
– 74% of residents are concerned we are not meeting the National Fire Protection Association international standards
– 81% of residents believe we need to meet these standards
The newly elected Toronto City Council will have the power to listen to residents and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association (TPFFA), and to revisit the 2014 firefighting cuts.
I PLEDGE MY SUPPORT for TPFFA and for listening to residents and their concerns about budgeting for public safety and for Fire Services that meet international standards in Toronto neighbourhoods and communities.