Billboard art levy de-fanged; vote today
A couple of days ago I mentioned that the controversial billboard tax was going before city council to either be rejected or enacted into bylaw; the upshot, if passed, would be some $11 million being directed towards community art initiatives and general city beautification.
That might still happen, but the Beautiful City Alliance has offered an update, which is that councillor Norm Kelly put a motion in the floor to cut the tax more or less in half, as well as allow LED and active screen billboards virtually everywhere (not just in over-illuminated zones like Yonge/Dundas Square).
It's my understanding that this is the revised motion being voted on today, which strikes me as a shame, particularly given deceptive behaviour by the industry and a broad-based public desire to reduce the prominence of outdoor advertising in our lives, not make it greater .
EDIT: Vote delayed to Monday. Stay tuned.