Frances Nunziata voted in favour of the city budget approved last night. The 11-hour debate was, by all accounts, spirited. Nunziata, the council Speaker, had to bear quite a bit of poor behaviour and made an important decision with large ramifications.
After a bloody session, the budget passed 35 votes to 9. Nunziata sided with the majority. The budget will include a 2.23% tax hike—which sounds like a lot, but adds up to an additional $68 a house per year.
Councillors put forward three motions to kill or delay the Scarborough subway. All were ruled out of order by Nunziata, on the grounds that they would have “legal consequences”. According to the Globe and Mail, this “caused a small uproar”—but her ruling was upheld by a one-vote majority.