"Right-wing councillors were quick to call for more aggressive fees," reports the Star, "arguing that homeowners will end up paying if developers get a break on the higher fees."
Curiously, Mayor David Miller and his crew are eyeing a phased approach to these fees, citing the housing market slow down as an excuse to give property builders a "break".
Not everyone is happy.
"If you're going to make this break for the developers, what break are you going to make for the residents?" asked Councilor Karen Stintz.
Good point. After all, for every house or condo that goes up today, Toronto taxpayers are making up the shortfall now. How does a phased-in fee structure help us out?
Despite this, it's nice to see that municipalities are finally facing up to the fact that new development generates new costs that need to be borne by us all.
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