A Thank-You Note from Mayor Rob Ford

- April 28th, 2012

Mayor Rob Ford and the Pothole

Mayor Rob Ford fills a pothole on Hwy. 27 Friday (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)

News of the city’s $292 million 2011 budget surplus leaked out Friday. The number is big, way bigger than city staff estimated (story here).

Ahead of the number officially coming out Monday, Mayor Rob Ford sent a rare Thank-You e-mail out to all city staff.

Here’s how Ford says thanks:

 

This message is being sent on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford.

 

Managers/supervisors please print and share this message with staff who do not have access to a computer.

 

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I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your extremely hard work and dedication to getting our City’s finances back on track.

 

When I first took office almost 18 months ago, we set out to fix our government’s fiscal foundation.  Through the last two budget cycles, the Core Service Review and the service efficiency reviews, you have worked diligently to find savings.  You looked for and found new ways of delivering benefits to Toronto residents efficiently and effectively.  You demonstrated a commitment to improving customer service and are following through on that commitment.  The directions given by the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer have been demanding.  I know that each of you have put in countless hours of hard work to meet those demands.

 

The 2011 year-end financials that will become public on Monday make it crystal clear that your hard work has paid off to benefit all who live and do business in this great city.  The hundreds of millions of dollars in permanent and sustainable savings that were realized in the 2012 Budget is a direct result of your tireless efforts throughout 2011 to contain costs while providing quality benefits to the residents of Toronto.

 

The people of Toronto elected me to fix Toronto’s fiscal foundation and I want to thank you for helping to achieve that goal with me.  While the work is not quite done yet, we are closer today than ever before.  We can begin to build on that fiscal foundation to improve the lives of every resident and make Toronto the best city in the world to live, play, work and invest.

 

On behalf of City Council, please accept my sincere appreciation for a job well done.

 

Yours truly,

 

Mayor Rob Ford

City of Toronto

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7 comments

  1. Robert Tucker says:

    I liked the apology! The question is are these savings real savings or just a projection saving ? I would have liked to seen a side by side saving evaluatuion!

  2. franklin galvin says:

    Great news. Toronto needs to bring lboated emergency services in line with other municipalities, such as Niagara which rationalized and cut its surplus 2 years, ago, to realize another $300M in savings. Toronto can then build transit, even without adding a half cent tax. Although most Torontonians would rather pay it than delay rapid transit development nay longer. Tran that run above ground wherever possible.sit times can be ramped up immediately with express buses as the downtown relief line (mostly above ground) and actual subways

  3. franklin galvin says:

    Great news. Toronto needs to bring bloated emergency services in line with other municipalities, such as Niagara which rationalized and cut its surplus 2 years, ago, to realize another $300M in savings. Toronto can then build transit, even without adding a half cent tax. Although most Torontonians would rather pay it than delay rapid transit development any longer. Trainsit times can be ramped up immediately with express buses as the downtown relief line (mostly above ground) and actual subways which runablove ground wherever possible, are built with profit-making stations.

  4. Chandra says:

    You can see all those politicians coming out of the tin can and saying jeese you were hiding all this money and did not tell us– we have needs!

    Seen all those politicos running around and looking for more layers of taxes to enable us to build transit?

    These guys are having a tax orgy!

    They want more!

    We need to kick ass! That is the only way they will quit.

    Too many money guzzling socialists have taken over our governments.

    I say fire them please before they destroy our country by bankrupting it!

    It is a spending match among various political parties.

  5. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    The recipe of paying off any debt in Government will never happen…….why? Simply because every
    level keeps wanting more…..and they never vision what the public sector has to live on. CEO’s, and
    WSIB, MPP’s retirement platinum plated pensions are only the beginning of the mix. The recipe for
    paying down a debt is to watch where one can have savings in every department meaning from the top down. It appears some positions only warrant 50% of what their earning presently.
    Now if that was going towards physical restraint and frugality, my question is how much faster would our debt be paid down? On all levels of Government…….prime example “the unpeeling of Orng”.
    Could it be that taxes are always forever increasing due to the fact on all levels there are too many
    “pass the brown bag please”. Then the government level in question quickly pulls certain plugs and initiates certain bills through legislation. In the public sector it’s called “obstruction of justice” what does one call it if it is the government? BILL NO.?

  6. Wilma de Bruyn says:

    The Government is similar to a chicken and an egg. The question is…….which came first?
    The government and/or the public? It was once deemed that the tax slaves paid taxes to build better infrastructure, roads and to serve the paying public. At the present rate were going it is
    self serving first(government employee wages)and forever keep raising taxes. Was there ever any
    consideration there is one more segment of the proverbial pie…..that is to keep infrastructure safe….
    up to date and sufficient employees to keep government running smoothly? Perhaps therein lies
    the problem. Taking too much for self interested employees and CEO’s and missing the real piece of
    pie……infrastructure, buildings, roads etc. And last but not least too many loopholes in legislature to
    let the government let the “special individual’s” slip through the loop,called legislation.

  7. Rod Sheridan says:

    It’s nice of Mayor Ford to thank the city staff for a job well done.

    That said, it’s funny that after all the hard work, the administration under Mayor Ford failed to produce a surplus as large as the last two by former Mayor Miller.

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