Council taking action
At the February 20, 2018 Council Meeting, City Council took action and asked that Requests for Proposals be put out for the city’s garbage collection and for the City’s benefits provider to determine if the taxpayers are getting the best value for money. Council also directed that staff put a tax incentive in place to build much needed long-term care homes in the Sault.
$180,000 in savings
I brought 7 motions forward at the Budget meeting held December 5, 2017. All together, my proposals would have brought the budget down by $250,000. Council accepted $180,000 worth of my proposals and the budget came in at a 1.98% tax increase. My motions were:
- Cancel the purchase of a Zamboni for the McMeeken – $121,000 saved
- Eliminate the unsuccessful Rat Abatement Program – $29,000 saved
- Charge overdue tax accounts $5 for sending tax notices – $33,500 generated
- Stop treating the dying ash trees on Queen Street – $5,700 saved
- Eliminate garbage collection on Public Holidays – $50,000 savings rejected
- Eliminate the Walkway Maintenance Program – $16,000 savings rejected
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
It was great fun to join Steve Paikin on TVO’s ‘The Agenda’ for a segment on Sir William H. Hearst. You can visit The Agenda Website to learn about the Former Ontario Premier and Sault Ste. Marie MPP, Sir William H. Hearst.