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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