Cornwall Ontario – For those of you in the Cornwall are who are fed up with your taxes skyrocketing without value here are the five councilors who clearly are not remotely trying to keep costs in check and are not worthy of voting for come the Fall. Claude McIntosh, Elaine MacDonald, Bernadette Clement, Carilyne Hebert and Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy all voted to pass a near 5% tax increase that only reached that point by borrowing money for an item in the budget.
Now this isn’t an endorsement to the remaining councilors who seem to be responding to a very hypocritical letter signed by Rory Maclennan who clearly shouldn’t be President of any Chamber of Commerce as it clearly doesn’t truly represent local business.
The heated meeting of council Monday night might have been another episode of bad theatre with some tempers flaring, but still, none at the table tonight were willing to tackle the biggest area of the budget that NEEDS to be cut and that’s emergency services; chiefly, the Police Force which still hasn’t justified it’s per capita rate that is on par with Toronto and nearly THREE times the per capita rate of the OPP for policing SD&G.
And this with empty reserves near across the board, and some serious infrastructure issues.
Councilor Mark MacDonald, on vacation and not present at the meeting meanwhile is being vilified and not publicly supported by his fellow councilors for being the only elected voice to acknowledge where the cash is going. In fact while management likes to dally with raises in taxes based on house values, the bottom line is that this term of council has seen nearly a WHOPPING 20% increase in the tax levy on ratepayers (approximately $71M) which for four years cleary isn’t acceptable.
Clearly this council has to either cut the bait and tackle some meat and potato budget areas like policing and fire services or tuck its tail and follow the Hens into higher tax territory in an election year.
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