Cornwall Ontario Councilor Elaine MacDonald Suggests People Move to Counties During Budget Delibs FEB 3, 2016

Cornwall Ontario Councilor Elaine MacDonald Suggests People Move to Counties During Budget Delibs FEB 3, 2016

As odd as politics can be at City Hall, Elaine MacDonald has hit a new low water mark.

As reported in other media she stated the following as the budget process kicks off.

 “everything is going up, and people should accept the fact that taxes will be going up.   If people want to live lean, they can go to the counties.”

Ms Macdonald, besides not supporting the arts in Cornwall, and stating that she supports lobbying and voting for funding for groups that she belongs to at council, (Labour Board President & Board member of The Agape), words must sting tired Cornwall rate payers.

While some at City Hall are crowing at “only” raising taxes 1.9% this year, many of the raises Cornwallites are paying for are due to the chicanery of the councils she’s sat on as well as the labour pay hikes that she has rubber stamped with support from a few of her colleagues.

Cornwall’s biggest issue according to many is the runaway costs of emergency services (Fire, Police, EMS) that she has pushed for and rubber stamped.

Many former residents have moved to South Stormont & South Glengarry where they get a bigger bang for the buck; paying much cheaper taxes while still being able to benefit for Cornwall services without paying surcharges for many of those services.

The problem is that organized labour in the area, of which are the biggest employed block, refuse to not support the retired school teacher and her slate each election.

The few councilors that get elected that oppose her blank cheque tax hikes get labelled Mavericks or worse.  Invites to certain committees and events don’t seem to happen.

The City of Windsor Ontario recently celebrated its eighth consecutive budget without an increase.   LINK

Windsor actually cut its police funding by $500,000, and actually invests in public arts with its mayor calling for over $1M in the purchase of public art for public spaces.

So why is it that Cornwall has been jacking taxes up over 2.0% per year on average for nearly the last decade which doesn’t include raises for water?

With the founder of the Community Action Group, Gerry Benson, having council fund his Vanity University project for studies clearly many don’t seem to seriously want to deal with real big ticket issues such as doing a dollar comparison of switching from local police to the OPP.

Can Cornwall grow in this economic environment with Councilors like Elaine Macdonald, Carilyne Hebert, and Claude McIntosh, and Bernadette Clement  rubber stamping tax increases year in, year out?

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3 Comments on "Cornwall Ontario Councilor Elaine MacDonald Suggests People Move to Counties During Budget Delibs FEB 3, 2016"

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When will the city start living lean? It really frustrates me when the city spends money on outside consultants or gives money away to local agencies, when they can’t afford to properly keep our infrastructure in top shape and to provide high level of service for even the basics.

It is time the local government chooses to take care of the playing field, so that citizens, entrepreneurs, and the like can contribute and grow the city organically.

I totally agree with Jason. It’s time city council start using city staff for what they were hired for. No more outside consultants when we have city staff can do the job. As has been said before there isn’t a tax hike Elaine MacDonald doesn’t like. She has to realize there are ways to cut the fat off the city budget. One way would be to settle the whistleblower and other issues now sitting before the courts. And Elaine needs to be read the riot act by someone at city hall on what constitutes conflict of interest. As much as… Read more »
David Oldham
Everything is just fine in Cornwall. No is being held accountable for purported flaws in the management of the communities resources for the simple reason that people are getting just what they voted for. People that disagree are invited to pack up and leave which speaks loudly to the leaderships conflict resolution skill set. The same mindset that has managed so effectively other issues facing the community (whistleblowers, conflicts of interest, ethical practices etc.) is fully ingrained in this council from all outward appearances. The mayor is maintaining the tradition that has defined Cornwall for decades. If you disagree stay.… Read more »