The City of Toronto’s 2007 Operating budget process will soon get underway. This is another opportunity to ensure that the budget related items from the TCAT Plan for Active Transportation will be approved by City Council (you can see the plan at www.TorontoCAT.ca. The TCAT candidate survey found strong support for the TCAT Plan for Active Transportation among all the members of the Budget Committee and a majority of the Executive Committee. However with some of the members the support was qualified when it came to Operating budget items to hire staff. Now is the time to convince the Councillors that it is important to support the TCAT budget recommendations and ensure they are incorporated into the final 2007 municipal budget.
TCAT supporters can get involved in the budget process by making in person or written deputations to the Budget Committee and by contacting the members of the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee by phone, letter and e-mail letting them know how important it is that they keep their promises to support Active Transportation.
We have prepared a draft letter to send to Councillors on the Budget Committee encouraging them to support the TCAT Platform and the related budget items. You can modify the letter or use it as is, but please take a moment to let Councillors know Active Transportation is important! The letter can be found at the following link along with the e-mail addresses of the Councillors on the Budget Committee. http://www.torontocat.ca/OperatingBudgetLetter.html
The 2007 budget process is very different from past years. One key difference is that the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee will be the only committees having deliberations on the budget – that means these Councillors have a significant influence and need to be reminded that Active Transportation is important. The other key difference is that there will be just one opportunity for the organizations and the general public to make deputations to advocate for programs and services in the Operating budget. The day for deputations will be on March 29th, 2007 starting at 9:30 am. To sign up to make a deputations in person call 416-392-6662 to get on the list. You can also sent written deputations via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (416) 392-1879. Of course, you can send an e-mail to your Councillor, the Mayor, the Executive and Budget Committees any time before March 29th.
For more information on how to get involved in the 2007 Capital Budget process and for contact information for the Mayor and Councillors go to the following web page. http://www.torontocat.ca/2007OperatingBudget.html
If you or your organization are planning to make a deputation or contact Councillors please let TCAT know with a quick email to email@example.com – if we know who is deputing we can coordinate efforts!
Thanks for your continued support and help in making Toronto a more cycling and pedestrian friendly City.
Please forward this letter to your members and any others you think would be interested.
TCAT Steering Committee
Politicians pay attention to feedback from their constituents. If people take the time to phone or email them about something, it shows them that people care enough about the issue.