The city got some good news on Monday when the Ontario Court of Appeal blocked media giant Pattison Outdoor Advertising’s attempts to have their billboards exempt from taxation. In addition, the court ruled that non-compliant billboards can be removed by the city and the costs charged to the owners. The appeal judges also ruled that billboard companies must allow the city to view details of their business so that levels of taxation can be set at appropriate levels. Torontoist.com has an article with all the details here.
Hopefully this tax will enable a greater resistance to the proliferation of these signs and will make them financially less viable – notably the video billboard designated for CN land over Lawrence Avenue.