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City's vehicle-registration tax one step closer to elimination

File photo of Toronto City Hall

TORONTO, Ont. – The city’s executive committee has given the green light to getting rid of the vehicle-registration tax, but it could be a bumpy road ahead with the full council vote still needed to get rid of it.

Some councillors already expressed their concerns, wanting to know how Mayor Rob Ford will make up the $64-million that the tax brings in to the city.

Ford said there will be no major service cuts.

“How people interpret major/minor I think is up to themselves, but I’ve asked staff to come back, and they said they can achieve it,” Ford said.

The executive committee also voted to reduce councillor office budgets from just over $50,000 to $30,000.

The next city council meeting is next Thursday.

If council votes in favour of getting rid of the vehicle-registration tax, it would be gone as of Jan. 1, 2011.

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