Taking a second look at Mayor Rob Ford's fiscal record

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency Files)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency Files)

Sue-Ann Levy, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:11 AM ET

Former budget chief Mike Del Grande was taken aback, to put it mildly, when the city manager and his budget brains came up with their propaganda piece last Monday in which they tried to dispel Rob Ford’s claims he’s saved taxpayers $1.1-billion during the past four years.

Del Grande says CFO Rob Rossini actually confirmed that figure to him — and had even recently conceded the $1.1-billion included the $200-million “put back in taxpayers’ pockets” when Toronto council cancelled the Personal Vehicle Tax during Ford’s first six months in office.

“We did a big shakeup (in the city’s finances) ... We never had that in the history of the city — not since amalgamation,” says the former budget chief.

What really made Del Grande shake his head was the “unprecedented” decision by Rossini and City Manager Joe Pennachetti to compare the fiscal track records of former mayor David Miller and Ford.


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