This is why Joe Pantalone has created his plan for Community Budgeting.
Community Budgeting will...
...place even more power at the community level;
...acknowledge the different character and priorities of the former cities;
...strengthen city-wide vision by integrating community needs;
...maintain checks and balances needed for implementation of that shared city-wide vision.
How it will work:
• Toronto's four Community Councils (Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto-East York) will have direct control over some aspects of local budgeting.
• Community Councils would fund their community's priorities in specific departments, by directing money within existing budget envelopes.
• Community Councils would be responsible for engaging the community in a democratic and consultative community budgeting process. By working with the elected Councillors on their Community Council, residents will have more influence over how money is spent on certain services in their communities.