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Free parking passes for municipal staff should be reviewed: Tory


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Mayor John Tory has called for rethinking the Toronto Parking Authority’s policy of free passes over $ 300,000 for current and retired staff, board members and city politicians.

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The mayor said he was not receiving and did not want a free parking pass.

“I think it annoys the citizens we represent when they see that these people for reasons that seem quite fragile are getting free parking and not everyone has it,” he said.

The long list of those who receive TPA parking passes caught his attention Monday in an online report from the Toronto Sun, he said.

The TPA plans to distribute its free annual passes to city councilors, certain staff, all current and former members of the board of directors, and retired employees with at least 20 years of service.

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The pass allows its holder to park for free at any legal parking space on the street or in any Green P park that accepts credit cards in the city of Toronto.

“It is intended for use primarily in city or authority matters, and to enable licensees to familiarize themselves with TPA facilities and operations, and to provide an opportunity to convey observations and criticisms that we can use to improve the quality of service, ”a report said at TPA’s meeting on Wednesday, where board members will be asked to approve passes.

TPA board members and staff require the parking pass to perform their duties including maintenance, law enforcement, revenue collection, attending meetings , snow removal and landscaping, the report says.

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In previous years, the cost of using the pass was estimated at $ 270,000 for APT staff, board members and service providers. The estimated cost to provide the passes to retired employees and board members was $ 27,000.

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The TPA has estimated the cost of passes for counselors in recent years at $ 20,000.

“Since the composition of Toronto City Council for the 2018-22 term has been significantly reduced, the estimated transaction values ​​of pass usage for this group could be much lower,” the report said, referring to to the Doug Ford government’s legislation that reduced the size of the board by about half.

Tory said if the assists can be justified, he’s ready to go along with the board’s decision, but he thinks the list should be reconsidered.

“I don’t see any reason why most city councilors need a free parking pass… I just don’t see why people need free parking,” he said.

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