Fewer rec services:
Monday closure of 129 community centres until the end of the year; ice rinks opening in January instead of December.
No Sunday library hours at 16 branches:
That smarts. Say bye-bye, too, to the Teen Fine Forgiveness program for overdue materials.
Dirtier streets and sidewalks:
Cancellation of planned door-to-door garbage pickup at townhouses.
Reduced maintenance in parks, reduced residential tree planting program and delayed implementation of the green roof initiative.
Fewer staff working tax, water and parking tag counters. Longer shutdowns of information technology services supporting frontline staff.
More landlords running roughshod over tenants:
Fewer bylaw enforcement officers to respond to residents' complaints and conduct building inspections.
The cash-soaked cops have committed to cutting a mere $3 million to address the budget shortfall, while the cash-strapped TTC will absorb $6 million in cuts.
And that's only the half of it
Another $49 million in service cuts are needed to keep the overall budget shortfall at $575 million in 2008. And there's very little wiggle room - 75 per cent of T.O.'s total budget is used to pay for provincially mandated programs, transit and emergency services.
The bottom-line crime
Toronto is the only large city on the continent that continues to rely on property taxes to pay for services.