With respect to the city budget and the huge financial problem that we are facing, we must stay focused on admitting that we (everyone that works for the city) have a problem and we need help.
Empirical data shows that the disproportionate rate of growth in our protective services budgets is having a negative impact on our social, cultural and infrastructure budgets, and at this rate we will not survive.
We must control the budget and we must not let the budget control us.
We are not bound by municipal procedures and by-laws that put us in this financial situation. We can change or eliminate municipal regulations, providing we comply with all applicable provincial standards.
There are some that think we are powerless but, we are not powerless. We have the power to chart our own course and map out our own future. The future of our city and the well being of our residents must not be dictated to us by others.
We have the right Council, in the right place, at the right time. Now is our time to come together for the common good and social benefit of the city. We need a strong financial plan now, in order to survive the next decade.
Mark A. MacDonald
Councillor, City of Cornwall