I’m not really sure I have anything beyond the obvious to say about this, but I feel I need to point it out because…well, just because.
The City of Toronto is making an appeal to homeowners to consider making a donation to city programs when they pay their property taxes.
When Toronto homeowners receive their property tax bills this week, they will also receive a flyer inviting them to make a “voluntary contribution” on top of their taxes.
The city will accept donations up to $50,000 and homeowners can earmark their gift for specific programs or services, including the TTC and the Toronto Public Library Board.
This is not, to the best of my knowledge, something out of The Onion. The city of Toronto really is making itself into a charity. If you think that’s an exaggeration, then please explain away the part where they’ll give you a tax receipt if you kick in more than 20 bucks. Yeah, that’s what I thought.
I can’t wait to see the stats on how well this works out. I’m sure somebody will fall for it just because somebody falls for everything, but really? Donating money on top of your taxes to pay for things that your taxes and user fees are already supposed to be paying for? I’m sure Toronto’s finances are ridiculous, but must the solutions also be laughably so?
If the city wants to do this the right way, they’ll start shaking down every politician who helped create the mess in which it finds itself while happily collecting a salary. That seems like the fair thing to do, doesn’t it?