TO Council finally passes Billboard Tax (Toronto Sign By-Law) 29-12
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By HiMY SYeD
Moments ago Toronto City Council after a marathon session over the past week finally passed the Billboard Tax on outdoor advertising despite heavy lobbying from the Billboard Industry.
Rami Tabello of IllegalSigns.ca sent the above tweet immediately after the vote passed with the recommended tax rate intact despite numerous attempts by councillors influenced by the Outdoor Advertising industry to dilute the proposed By-Law.
Jonathan Goldsbie sum things up nicely :
The vote means Toronto gets a projected $10.4 million in revenue in a time of budget cuts and tax increases no doubt coming in 2010.
Perhaps as important, Torontonians now have less billboards and less eyesores in the public realm.
The Billboard Tax and Signs by-law officially passed 29-12:
We’ll be posting a full article shortly about Rami Tabello and his crew from the IllegalSigns.ca campaign who worked to make today’s By-Law a reality.
Til then please share your thoughts in comments below.