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Putting Down Roots: Collaboration for Change. Mayor Graham Letto, President Presentation to Ministers of Local Government July 8, 2009, St. John’s, NL. Overview of Presentation. Common Issues & Shared Solutions MNL Organizational Overview Provincial Context & Current Situation

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Putting down roots collaboration for change

Putting Down Roots:Collaboration for Change

Mayor Graham Letto, President

Presentation to Ministers of Local Government

July 8, 2009, St. John’s, NL


Overview of presentation

Overview of Presentation

Common Issues & Shared Solutions

MNL Organizational Overview

Provincial Context & Current Situation

Building Capacity - Strengthening the Roots

Community Cooperation Resource Centre

Sustainability Self-Assessment

Rural-Urban Interaction Research

Local Action for Developing Regions

Economic Crisis Response Toolkit


Common issues shared solutions

Common Issues &Shared Solutions

  • Duty to Consult with Aboriginal Communities

  • Adaptation to Climate Change

  • Rural Municipal Sustainability

  • Working Relationship with Provincial/Territorial Governments

    • C-SPO


Organizational overview

Organizational Overview

  • Established in 1951

  • 276 paid memberships (98%)

  • 2009 budget: $1,215,050

  • Headquarters building, 460 Torbay Road

  • Seven regional Directors, two caucus Directors, Vice President, President

  • Seven staff

  • www.municipalitiesnl.com


Ongoing activities

Ongoing Activities

  • Advocacy

  • Membership Services

  • Events

  • Research

  • Facilitation

  • Communications

  • Consultation


Provincial context

Provincial Context

  • First municipal government in 1888

  • Next in 1941

  • Majority occurred in early 1960s

  • Little grassroots push for democracy

    • Means of accessing/influencing spending from St. John’s/Ottawa

  • Single tier system

  • Basic services outside urban areas


Current situation

Current Situation

  • 633 communities, 281 municipalities

    • 519,000 population

  • 75% of municipalities have population under 1,000

    • 50% under 500

  • 74% of municipalities have 1 staff or fewer

  • 50% of councils did NOT have an election in 2005

  • Service expectations expanding

  • Service requirements increasing


Current situation1

Current Situation

  • Current revenue tools are limited

  • Tax base

    • Assessments increasing, but fewer tax payers

    • Concentration of commercial/industrial tax base

  • Pressure for “competitive” taxes

  • Enforcement and collection difficulties

  • Lack of professional advice

    • Planning, engineering, administration


Community cooperation resource centre

Community Cooperation Resource Centre

  • President’s Task Force on Municipal Sustainability

  • Support through the provision of:

    • information and awareness;

    • research; and,

    • facilitation and advisory services

  • Dedicated staff

  • Participation increase: 53% (2003) to 74% (2007)

  • Joint councils increased from 8 to 16

  • Most annual milestones exceeded within 9 months

  • Regional cooperation “on the agenda”


Sustainability self assessment

Sustainability Self-Assessment

  • Begin to address planning gap

  • First step in broader ICSP process

  • Facilitated process

  • Broad definition

    • Governance, environment, finances, service delivery, infrastructure, economy, regional cooperation

  • Five staff, 20 weeks, 255 municipalities

  • Public reports


Rural urban interaction understanding and managing functional regions

Rural-Urban Interaction:Understanding and Managing Functional Regions

  • MNL, Memorial University, University of Kentucky, and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

  • Better understand the linkages between and within regions

  • Identify and map (GIS) “functional” regions, create Economic Capacity Index

  • Assess governance mechanisms, identify gaps, investigate alternatives


Local action for developing regions

Local Action for Developing Regions

  • 10 years

  • 91% satisfaction

  • Highlighted by OECD

  • Workshops

  • Study Tours

  • Ascent newsletter

  • Website

  • Development Guides


Development guides

Practical tools integrated into existing work

Focus on economic development and:

Municipal Taxation

Infrastructure

Shared Municipal Services

Land-use planning

Major projects

Each guide will have:

Background and rationale

Step-by-step planning tools

Templates and sample documents

Funding source suggestions

Partner suggestions

Development Guides


Economic crisis response

Economic Crisis Response

  • A program of support to help municipalities manage crisis

  • Toolkit

    • Before crisis

    • Immediate response

    • Short-term response

    • Continual response

  • Workshops

  • Examples


Discussion points

Discussion Points

  • Fundamental change is necessary and possible

  • Enhanced planning capacity at a regional level is a prerequisite

  • Structural change is needed to build on fiscal reform

  • Informed public debate is required

    • Improved, systematic public policy research is required


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