Has there ever been a tax increase that councilor Bernadette Clement or Elaine MacDonald ever turned down? With a management report requesting nearly a 5% single year jacking of the water rates in Cornwall she, Elaine MacDonald, and
her puppy Councilor Carilyne MacDonald were the only three on council to support said rate hike which would have long term implications to residents in the Seaway City.
Councilor Maurice Dupelle led the resistance to simply take the funds out of reserves to cover a higher than normal need in 2015.
Council had a special meeting on a Wednesday to tackle the issue prior to an in camera meeting.
There was a recorded vote where the three councillors saw the raise dropped down to 1.88% which will be under $10 per rate payer as opposed to the $30+ that the report called for.
Clement, Hebert, & MacDonald, also participated earlier in the year to gerrymander a process that led to the decision four fire fighting positions before an arbitration decision led to a near 8% hike for firefighters.
During the 2014 tax hikes were a major issue and focus with many running signing the Community Action Group pledge to hold the line on taxes.
The CAG did not voice any comment regarding the water rate hike.
What do you think Cornwall? Is there any way to stop the runaway tax hikes that council keeps approving? You can post your comments below.