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Coun. Matlow pushing for another Scarborough LRT vote

The Scarborough LRT may be up for yet another city hall vote.

Coun. Josh Matlow is arguing that the city hasn’t spent yet any money on the subway extension and that it shouldn’t until at least 2015.

He will ask the budget committee to consider a motion to reject the 0.5 per cent tax increase set for 2014 for the subway extension, and to put off any spending or borrowing for the project until 2015.

He plans to introduce the motion on Thursday. Matlow also posted a copy of the motion on his website. Click here to view it.

In October, after nearly a year of contentious debate, council voted 24-20 to go ahead with the subway plan.

Matlow supports light rail transit to replace the Scarborough RT. He said the LRT would have been fully paid for by the province, unlike the subway extension, which still requires a municipal tax increase.

After posting the motion, he tweeted, “I support transit projects that are based on facts, planning evidence & sound fiscal decisions.”

Scarborough councillor Michelle Berardinetti supports the subway and told the Toronto Star Matlow’s motion will likely be ruled out of order since council has already decided on the issue.

Should council reopen debate about transit expansion in Scarborough? Share your thoughts in the comments.