The Toronto taxpayer, championed so fervently by Mayor Rob Ford, will have to cover higher interest rates owed by the city thanks to the embattled mayor’s staunch refusal to leave office.
Toronto’s borrowing costs have increased in recent days after city council urged Ford to leave following his admission to smoking crack cocaine and driving intoxicated while in office, among other allegations.
Though city council has shifted operational powers as well as control of the budget to other offices, the scandal has dominated city hall’s attention and impeded the ability of the government to operate. Investors are demanding a bit more interest due to the uncertainty.
The extra interest Toronto must pay on some bonds has increased by 15 basis points, or 0.15 percent, since Nov. 12, when council started work on stripping the mayor of whatever powers it could in a bid to oust Ford, who rode to power in 2010 on a wave of populist angst about overspending at city hall.
Interest rates for other Canadian municipalities, meanwhile, have actually declined this month, by 0.01 per cent.
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