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Bridge between budgets

Posted Oct 15th, 2022

Bridge between budgets

Re: Chance for change, Letters, Oct. 6

This letter points out “upper- and lower-tier municipalities working independently from one another to develop their own capital budgets is a recipe for rising taxes.” I agree entirely. 
The Niagara Region budget is decided by 12 mayors and 19 regional councillors. The bridge between the independent budgets would be much stronger with double-direct city/regional councillors, like Oakville in Halton region, because it would be decided by 12 mayors and 19 city or town councillors who sit at both budget tables.

This modernized structure would also reduce the blame game between the local and regional councils over rising taxes and duplication of services.

Niagara needs to modernize its regional and local councils to catch up with Halton, York, Peel and Durham regions to compete with them for provincial support.

The premier has made it clear it is up to local councils and, therefore, local voters to make changes. The province won’t be doing it anytime soon. Again I agree, the upcoming election is a chance to vote for change, to modernize Niagara.

Bruce Timms

St.Catharines Standard, Letters to the Editor

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Are you in favour of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara passing the necessary resolutions and bylaws to change the method of selecting its Chair from appointment by members of Regional Council to election by general vote of all electors in the Region? 

Yes or No?

Talk to your councillors and Mayor about the up coming commission report to the Province on modernizing Niagara under bill 39. 

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