Chiara Padovani’s campaign is taking credit for her opponent’s vote in City Council.
Frances Nunziata voted against a motion that would give $419 million in tax relief to developers. The motion was all-but defeated in a 20-20 vote, and only one development received money by the time the amendments were done.
I’m so glad to see that our campaign’s pressure to not give hand-outs to developers persuaded Councillor Nunziata to vote this way. This comes after months of community advocacy and organizing.
That may be a bit rich. I have my doubts that Nunziata voted to appease her critics; I’ll bet she voted against the proposal because it wasn’t in her own ward and would have beggared the city.
Speaking of which, Padovani went on to write:
However, the Councillor has been pushing for the waiving of development charges in Ward 11’s Mount Dennis for years. Mount Dennis is on it’s [sic] way to becoming a pilot project for the waiving of development charges needed to fund our services.
This is wrong-headed. Dropping development charges in Mount Dennis would be good for the riding. It would encourage development, create more housing, and put downward pressure on home prices—an idea Padovani enthusiastically endorses.
There’s only one problem with it: development charges are a zero-sum game, and if we don’t pay them, someone (i.e. the rest of the city) must. We would be beggaring our neighbours—which councillors, as advocates for their own ridings and not their neighbours’—must do.