//City of Toronto Core Service Review + online survey

City of Toronto Core Service Review + online survey

Downtown City Service Review and Information Session, Saturday June 11
Dear Ward 20 residents & businesses,
I wrote to you earlier this month to let you know that the Mayor has launched a review of core City services. 
The new mayor has already reduced the City’s revenue options by eliminating the Vehicle Registration Tax and promising to sustain last year’s property tax rates. This will make for some tough choices regarding service delivery.
I believe that Council needs to hear from you – residents and business operators – about your priorities in order to make the best decisions. 
As your City Councillor, I remain dedicated to ensuring that we work together to build healthy communities for everyone. Creating the type of city that we need to raise our families involves having a municipal government that listens to the residents, identifies the services to meet their needs, and finding the best way to deliver those services.
The City of Toronto is entering challenging times. All of the services that we depend upon to keep our communities safe and liveable are being examined. I am very concerned that the reviews of our City services might not address the needs of our communities. Rather than looking for ways to improve service delivery and making it more accountable and responsive to the residents, the conversation is geared towards cutting services simply to meet the projected $774 million shortfall in next year’s operating budget.
I am also concerned that the opportunities for public input in this important discussion are limited. The public is required to register for the consultation sessions, and all of the spaces in the meetings accessible to downtown residents have been filled. To ensure that the residents of our community have the opportunity to contribute, I am co-hosting a service review meeting with Councillors Wong-Tam, McConnell, and Fletcher on Saturday June 11, 2011 from 2 – 4 pm at City Hall. Please feel free to call my office for more information or to rsvp at 416-392-4044.
Our neighbourhoods have unique characteristics, challenges, and opportunities, and we need to ensure that the voices from the downtown are heard. That is why I am urging you to complete the surveys on City services.
You are invited to:
A Downtown City Service Review & Information Session
Co-hosted by Councillors Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Pam McConnell & Paula Fletcher
Date:  Saturday June 11, 2011
Time:   2 – 4 pm
Location: City Hall, Committee Room 1 (Second Floor), 100 Queen Street West
As City Councillors representing downtown communities, we are hosting this session to ensure that our residents are heard. The councillors will make a brief presentation about the scope of the review and City services and facilitate discussion. The City’s surveys will be available and collected at the meeting.
The City of Toronto has launched a Core Service Review to discuss which services are important, to assist in addressing the budget shortfall of $774 million and the 2012 budget process. As part of the public consultations, the City will host roundtable discussions across Toronto, at these sessions, residents will learn about City services and be given the opportunity to offer input on a questionnaire. The survey is also available online. The deadline for responses is June 17.
For more information or to complete the online survey, visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontoservicereview
Mark your calendar and come out to shape priorities for your City services and learn more about how the 2012 Budget will impact our local neighbourhoods.  Everyone is welcome.
RSVP to councillor_vaughan@toronto.caor call 416 392-4044.

If you can’t make this session, Councillor Mike Layton is hosting a session on Monday June 13th at 7 pm at St. Christopher House in Ward 19