carolmerton400I approach this recommendation brought forward by staff with both reservations and expectations.

I want to acknowledge the hard work that staff has done to bring forward a decrease in the operating budget. I recognize that any increase in taxes creates a challenge and a potential tipping point to the security, affordability and sustainability for certain sectors of our community. 

Looking forward, my expectations for the next three budget cycles in this term are ...

brockhamleycouncilIn the past, I've been one of the biggest critics of our budgets.

We have had one of the highest tax rates in Ontario, and our household incomes are among the lowest. We have asked our residents to pay too much, when they often don’t make enough.

Having said all of this, I believe that this year's budget is a turning point. ...

ianboddyIan Boddy, Mayor of Owen Sound, delivered theese remarks on the City's 2023 budget with the lowest tax increase in 12 years:

The goal of every municipal government is to provide the best services and infrastructure for its residents that the community can afford. The foundation for providing good services is building a strong tax base. To have and maintain a strong tax base, assessment grownth needs to meet or exceed annual inflation ...

AMOsubmission- Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

The late Hazel McCallion, Mississauga's long-serving mayor, was fond of saying that the federal government had all the money, the provincial government had all the power, and cities had all the problems. 

Mary Rowe, CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, says that cities also have all the solutions, some of which need appropriate collaboration with the federal and provincial ...

Budget2023 JimHutton– by Jim Hutton

When we graphically represent the three potential areas for savings it becomes pretty obvious where we should look for the low hanging fruit ...


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