TAKING BACK OUR COMMUNITIES Gord Hume. How do we build 21 st century towns and cities with a 17 th century tax system and a 19 th century governance model???. Canadian Municipalities are becoming the most important order of government…. “Taking Back Our Cities”
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“Taking Back Our Cities” order of government…
Key federal/provincial interviews:
Prime Minister Paul Martin*
Premier Ralph Klein*
Premier Gordon Campbell*
Minister Glen Murray
Municipal Affairs Deputy Minister Michael Fenn*
Leading Canadian Mayors: order of government…
Mike Bradley, Sarnia, Ontario
Pat Fiacco, Regina, Saskatchewan
Peter Kelly, Halifax RM, Nova Scotia
Naheed Nenshi, Calgary, Alberta
Gerald Tremblay, Montreal, Quebec
Dianne Watts, Surrey, British Columbia
Carl Zehr, Kitchener, Ontario
Mayor Mike Bradley
Mayor Carl Zehr
5. Bland indifference to local issues
6. Lack of communication, consultation
“…keep ‘em down on the farm…” order of government…
“Do municipal politicians want more money from a senior order of government, or do they want the power of new taxation to raise more money and be held accountable?”
Montreal said OUI to new tax opportunities…
Said NON to new tax opportunities…
Toronto said YES to new tax opportunities, then reversed itself on one new tax and is wavering on the other…potential lost revenue? A quarter of a billion dollars annually…
Source: Association of Manitoba Municipalities
A few communities may still have a spending problem, but all Ontario communities have a revenue problem!
QUIDNUNCS all Ontario communities have a revenue problem!
When do you start doing less with less?
1. Get to the table—who does what?
2. Infrastructure deficit—our crumbling towns and cities
3. Change the tax structure
2010 tax levy $456 M
1% of Ontario HST $83 M
1% of Income Tax $19 M
(paid by Londoners) ________
New non-property tax revenue = $102M
Could reduce local property taxes 15-20%