Cornwall City Councillor Mark A MacDonald Hoping to Rescind Council Salary at Special Meeting – DEC 16, 2014

Cornwall City Councillor Mark A MacDonald Hoping to Rescind Council Salary at Special Meeting – DEC 16, 2014

Cornwall SPRING 2012CORNWALL Ontario – If Mark MacDonald has his way council will be voting to rescind the whopping raises the Kilger team voted for themselves last term.

Returning to council after a four year hiatus Mr. MacDonald has been firmly in support in stemming the high taxes afflicting one of the lowest per capita income cities in Ontario.

Last term council voted to raise the Mayor’s salary by 20% and councilors by 40% in a city where there is a higher per capita population on fixed incomes.

It was a factor in why many voted out those that supported the raise including former mayor Bob Kilger.

Mr. Mac Donald circulated what hopes will be seconded at a special council meeting later this afternoon.

During the election the message from the Community Action Group was clear,  the reason why Cornwall’s growth continues to struggle is because people pay roughly 30% more taxes than our neighbouring townships.  That is why I signed the pledge to do everything in my power to “ROLL BACK” taxes.  

The new council must lead by example and we must work on reducing our own budget, it’s not time to be looking at a raise, it goes against everything that we signed for.  I am prepared to bring forward a “Notice of Motion” at the meeting this afternoon, if I can get a seconder.

The way that I understand the rules, if it’s a Notice of Motion we do not debate it today, we debate the motion at the next meeting.  It will give us time to discuss options for cutting our budget, such as a pay decrease or cutting back on the number of councillors that sit around the table.

NOTICE OF MOTION

Whereas it is a fundamental understanding that Cornwall’s growth continues to struggle due largely to the fact that our taxes are roughly 30% higher than in the neighbouring townships; and

Whereas 6 city councillors recognized this as an election issue and signed a pledge to “do everything in their power to “ROLL BACK” taxes; and

Whereas in order for this to happen the new council must lead by example and we must do everything in our power to “ROLL BACK” our budgets.

mark-ofl1-200x250Therefore be it resolved that the new council intends to address the issue that taxes are 30% higher in Cornwall than in neighbouring townships, this in turn causes Cornwall to never grow; and

Be it further resolved that we must do everything in our power to level the residential tax playing field; and

Be it further resolved that the issue of a raise for the new council be tabled.

Moved by  Mark A. MacDonald
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jules
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Mark A. MacDonald is absolutely right and have you all noticed that the scoundrels all hike out of Cornwall and head for the lower taxes and they are usually the ones with the deep pockets that are well feathered with your money and take advantage of what Cornwall has to offer on your backs. When are the sheeple going to wake up instead of getting fleeced every year and for what. Others do not pay their fair share of taxes. The best is to amalgamate all areas and then you will see eyes open and feathers flying for sure. Something… Read more »

Hugger1
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Hopefully it’ll be rescinded. But I think they’ll put through a much more acceptable raise. What it’ll be is anyone’s guess. I think they should look at implementing a ward system in Cornwall. I’d suggest 5 wards with a councilor and 3 city wide councilors. But this would not take effect until the next election.

Marc Pilote
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I will find it interesting if this council manages to reduce taxes along the lines demanded by the Community Action Group. Many signed that piece of paper promising to reduce taxes but they clearly have not thought it through. If you want taxes reduced there is only one way to do it — cut costs. To cut costs you must either cut staff or cut services. You could also opt to do both. Council members who say they want to cut taxes should tell us now what services they want to chop when they look at the budget early next… Read more »

Hugger1
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Enough of the amalgamation talk. It won’t happen. It’s been proven too many times that amalgamation costs more money, it doesn’t save money.

I agree with Marc Pilote. To cut /freeze taxes services and / or staff will have to be cut. Let’s see some concrete ideas before the idea of cutting /freezing taxes is discussed.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

So councilor Andre Rivette said “I agree with the way it’s been put forward. I’m not sorry that I voted for it. We’re not doing this for the money. Let’s not go around saying councillors are being greedy (because) that’s bull!”

So, if it’s not about the money what is the issue? If it’s not about the money why ask for a 40% pa increase? Either it’s about the money or it isn’t? Which is it?

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Admin….I agree. If you need it say so. But isn’t this a part-time gig for councilors? If any councilor is doing this full time they have their priorities in the wrong place. The only full time position should be the mayor’s. I would have no issues with them getting the same increase they gave the city employees 1 – 2%. But don’t try to say we haven’t had an increase in years, so the 40% is justified or needed.

Pete Walbee
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Marc, I agree with you 100% but i’d like to see staff (Admin) cuts, just look at Parks and Recreation Dept..Barely any concerts, no events being (brought in)but i see too many salaries in that Dept and several are in the sunshine club..I don’t understand that some are in the sunshine club but yet they’ve reduced the amount of rinks in the winter time and only a few pools in the summer time and they’ve let go of their security guards yet the same amount of staff. If there’s less services and employees you’d think we should have less staff,… Read more »

jules
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Cornwall is one of the towns at the bottom of the list of getting ahead and hard times are coming very soon and already people are out of work let alone what is coming. I am shocked that André Rivette asked for the raise and it could be one of the reasons why he was way down on the list of getting back in again. That Benson Centre is not needed at all whatsoever and should be either sold off or taken down. This is an albatross that is strangling the people and no professional hockey team is going to… Read more »

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Jules, have you been to the Benson Centre? That place is always filled with activity. It replaced two aging rinks that could not be maintained due to maintenance costs. If the Si Miller or Bob Turner would have been kept it would have cost lots of money to clean up the asbestos in both of them and repairs needed to bring them up to code. The Benson Centre offers more than three NHL size rinks. It has a field house for soccer and tennis. It also has meeting rooms. The Benson Centre is definitely needed here. Oh and BTW, the… Read more »

Roland Besner
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Voters have selected I believe eleven qualified people to make decisions on their behalf. and we must give them a chance. But it does not mean we cannot offer what we believe to be constructive and positive opinions City Council need to start over on this issue. Many, myself included campaigned in part on rescinding the raise. I believe a promise is a promise and many on Council should agree to it. No study is needed as all knew what the pay scale was when they put their name forward and agreed to it. The consultants at a cost of… Read more »

jules
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Water is going up everywhere and water will be the new oil in the not too distant future. People everywhere will have to cut on water consumption and even electricity and everything is going up in price. Food is a nightmare to go and shop. Many children in Cornwall are going to bed hungry while the rich don’t give a damn about them and live high on the hog as the old saying goes. Cuts are needed and people lived well in the past skating on outdoor rinks instead of maintaining “champagne tastes on a beer man’s budget” and this… Read more »

Hugger1
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Ask the taxpayers of the former city of Nepean how they liked amalgamation. Nepean had a surplus before being swallowed by Ottawa.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Do you have stats to back up your claim “when the vast majority are on some sort of social assistance or low paid”? Charging non-residents extra for using Cornwall’s facilities (Aquatic Centre, indoor skating rinks, etc.) has been tried in other cities. After they realize the administrative systems and support needed to maintain such a system the idea of charging extra to non-residents is soon dropped. The extra money brought in does not cover the cost of the system or administering such a system. Agreed, there is is no free ride. And that’s what amalgamation ends up being. One (or… Read more »

Kent
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Stan
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Rock On Mark!

Marc Pilote
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Hi Roland…good to see you here but I must disagree with your comment. As a member of CAG you must realize that the school board and city taxes are two different things that come on the same bill. To that extent I agree. However it is also true one can look at the city budget on its own and in my view this is the budget that CAG is zeroing in when it says it wants taxes lowered by city council. Your comment about school board taxes insofar as tax cuts for city taxpayers are concerned is nothing more than… Read more »

marc L
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I personally think this is a step backwards.It should be full steam ahead.

Hugger1
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Marc L…..so you’re saying city council deserves a 40% raise?

Pete Walbee
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I’m very disappointed in Andre Rivette…Some were right about him, being in there for the money ONLY….I’m not surprised now to see that he finished in 10th spot for concil seat

marc L
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I do. Hugger1

jules
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Hugger I remember Nepean under the leadership of the most capable mayor in Ontario’s history and that was Mayor Ben Franklin and yes Nepean was debt free. When the amalgamation took place in Ottawa with all the communities Nepean was the only one without a debt. The one with the most expensive debt was Kanata. Everyone is paying together to pay for all the debts. There is talk in the planning board of moving the Senators Hockey Team to Lebreton Flats here in Ottawa instead of Kanata because people find it way too far to go that distance. The city… Read more »

Hugger1
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A 40% raise for a part-time job!! Boy I’d like that. I only received 0.9% this year and it looks like 1.7% in 2015. But the taxpayers don’t like a 40% hike. And neither does the current city council. So, I guess we;ll see in January what city administration is suggesting as a good acceptable raise.