Peter Vanderyagt says he’s willing to pay more in property taxes.

So does David Meyers, who let members of a City of Toronto budget subcommittee visiting Scarborough know he’s heard “a lot of” residents say they’d pay more to get a better city.

Meyers, who lives in central Scarborough, told the trio of councillors he’s “very troubled” to see $41 million in poverty-reduction commitments they made are left out of Toronto’s 2018 draft budget.

Scarborough, said Meyers, has many neighbourhoods where poverty disadvantages tens of thousands; the draft budget “fails these communities” he said during public presentations at Scarborough Civic Centre Monday, Jan. 8.