There’s a lot of talk about about Mayor Kilger’s plans for development fees. These are fees that contractors have to pay for land development and use; usually in the industrial park. Many communities have these, but as of now our city does not.
This itself is an incentive to attract industry; but to date the problem is that we seem to only be attracting distribution chains like SCN and Target which predominately create low paying jobs and eat up valuable swaths of land which as many will tell you is a finite resource.
There’s a lot of talk about vision in this election and I will share mine on this issue.
I believe that having Development fees can actually be an attraction if we use them correctly.
I would like to see discussion about tying DVs to jobs. The higher the average wage and more total dollars a company would bring to the community the less DV’s they would pay or be credited for.
So instead of the negative marketing potential of development fees we would shift to the positive one of discounting them for jobs. As many major companies are used to paying these fees this could be a huge advantage.
Another issue that’s been a long time contentious issue is our high end city workers living outside our borders to save a few shekels like our current police Chief Dan Parkinson who lives over on Yacht Blvd, with many other well esteemed Cornwall folk who actually live in Glen Walter (South Glengarry) instead of in our zone of taxation.
Again, with a lack of vision Mayor Kilger at the Labour Council debate said that if the city tried to force workers to live in Cornwall it wouldn’t be legal and again he’s right; but simply lacking vision.
We are in the process, for the sake of argument, about to hire a new HR manager. Instead of offering new hires the full monty what if we offered a smidge less with a tax credit available to all new hires who lived within the city?
That would be totally legal.
There’s this false perception that negatively paints our city that our average incomes are lower. They are and they aren’t. You have a small city with enough people living in South Stormont and South Glengarry and the area that it artificially skewers the numbers.
We need vision and action. If we could gradually shift those many city managers (Norm Levac, our leaving CAO also didn’t live in Cornwall nor did his predecessor Paul Fitzpatrick) to Cornwall this would improve our housing prices and improve our city metrics.
On October 27th if you want this kind of vision and solutions you have one clear choice. Vote Jamie Gilcig for Mayor of Cornwall Ontario.
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