CORNWALL 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.
Therefore 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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