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LEVY: Refugees will cost Toronto taxpayers $75M this year

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When all is claimed and completed this 12 months, Toronto taxpayers will spend $75 million to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers, the Toronto Solar has confirmed.

And metropolis spokesman Tammy Robbinson mentioned Thursday service demand — and the $75-million price ticket — shall be comparable in 2020.

To make metropolis price range issues worse, I discovered that the much-touted $45 million given by the federal authorities to town of Toronto to assist pay for the stream of refugees to town — as a pre-election goodie little doubt — will run out in March.

No additional funding commitments have been made, I’m advised.

The $75 million is a far cry from the $45 million that the mayor and council mentioned can be sufficient to cowl the stream of refugees to town this 12 months. In late June, I used to be advised that the price range for lodge/motel lodging was $46.four million — with 2,600 refugees within the system at that time.

Robbinson confirmed the $75 million doesn’t embody the $1 million per thirty days that’s being shelled out to accommodate 200 refugees on the former North York Hydro constructing on Yonge St. That may convey subsequent 12 months’s tab to $87-million.

This all got here to mild Thursday after I questioned an merchandise on subsequent week’s financial and neighborhood growth committee agenda which asks councillors to extend and/or approve six contracts valued at greater than $Eight-million to make use of numerous Toronto and GTA lodge/motels as emergency shelters.

The contracts to be accredited subsequent week are with Consolation Resort Airport North, Alexandra Resort (downtown Toronto), Staybridge Suites in Toronto-Vaughan, New Lido Motel and Maple Leaf Motel in Scarborough and Different Dwelling Options, a Markham firm that manages the Toronto Plaza Resort.

That is on prime of the $108 million for emergency lodge and motel areas already accredited in July. Robbinson mentioned they’re presently utilizing 9 resorts — 4 for refugee claimants and 5 for non-refugees– and that the tab covers each refugee claimants and common shelter customers (the normal homeless).

She mentioned there are presently 2,400 refugee purchasers within the system. Some 1,800 are in resorts, 400 are nonetheless in shelters and 200 have transferred to the $1-million-a-month shelter at 5,800 Yonge St.

To place it bluntly: Houston we’ve an issue.

As carefully as I’ve been watching these recordsdata, I’ve to confess even I used to be shocked with the excessive expenditures.

However why ought to we be when Metropolis Corridor has an open pockets on so many recordsdata?

If one dare criticize whether or not the various delicate providers and virtue-signalling efforts are being correctly monitored to make sure they ship worth for cash, as I’ve, one known as “disgraceful” as Mayor John Tory mentioned greater than as soon as at council this week (not that he talked about me by identify.)

However as I noticed with our final free-spending socialist mayor — David Miller — it will possibly’t go on endlessly. He left town in dire straits, rising spending on the working price range by 44% and on the capital price range by one other 250% over seven years.

He and council additionally hiked town’s web debt by 176%.

That is the place I concern we’re headed but once more

In contrast to through the David Miller days, there are nearly no councillors at Metropolis Corridor now who both have the braveness, the need or the data to talk up in regards to the rampant spending underneath Tory and the cabal of NDP councillors to whom he appears to offer a large berth — Joe Cressy, Kristyn Wong-Tam and Mike Layton.

Relaxation assured the underside will fall out.

I think it’s going to begin with the 2020 price range as workers madly attempt to transfer the shells round to make sure they will prop up this profligate spending.

SLevy@postmedia.com

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