Update: see previous posts – February 18, 2011 Torontonians will Receive Personal Vehicle Tax Refund Cheques Six Weeks Earlier, December 9, 2010 Toronto’s “Vehicle Registration Tax” Finished January 1, 2011
Through a freedom-of-information request, the Toronto Star was able to discover a number of interesting facts surrounding the abolishment of a made- in- Toronto $60 Personal Vehicle Tax (also known as the “Vehicle Registration Tax” (VRT) .
If you are born under the sign of Sagittarius or Capricorn and your birthdate fell between the dates of December 16 and December 31 and you are a motorist who resides in Toronto, you were one of the unfortunate twenty thousand six hundred and ninety-seven (20,697) motorists who had to pay$60.00 for the hated Personal Vehicle Tax, after it was repealed! These motorists who were forced to pay, paid $1,237,350 towards the repealed tax.
The City of Toronto refunded $8.79 million in prepaid fees for 2011, records show. This is well below the $14 million staff had predicted.
41 year old Robert Bruce Ford (whose father, Doug Ford, was a Member of the Ontario Legislature) was first elected to Toronto City Council, as “Rob” Ford in Etobicoke North (Ward 2) in 2000 and was subsequently re-elected in 2003 & 2006.
As part of Rob Ford’s Mayoral election platform in 2010, he said he would scrap the city’s vehicle registration fee and land transfer tax, if elected as the Mayor of Toronto. He was elected Mayor of Toronto on October 25, 2010 and took office on December 1, 2010.
The Executive Committee (Mayor – Rob Ford – Chairperson, City Councillor’s Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Mike Del Grande, Deputy Mayor – Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner and Michael Thompson) of the City of Toronto met on December 9, 2010 and voted unanimously to eliminate Toronto’s $60 Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) on January 1, 2011. The Executive Council had the option of delaying the tax repeal until September 2011 — its second anniversary — so that all the city’s drivers would have had to pay it twice, but decided against it. Documents show Torontonians would have preferred it went the other way.
The City of Toronto’s City Council voted (39 voted in favour and 6 voted against ) to throw this annoying tax out on December 16, 2010, when this tax was repealed, effective January 1, 2011.
One of the most common complaints received by the city during the refund process was that it was not retroactive to September 2010 so everyone would have to pay only once.
Before it was abolished, effective January 1, 2011, Toronto’s Personal Vehicle Tax, on average, generated revenue of $4 million monthly/$64 million annually for the City of Toronto.