Mayor Burton to bring resolution concerning regional governance to Council on February 25, 2019

Wed, 13 Feb 2019

Council resolution:

WHEREAS, the Government of Ontario has announced a review of Ontario's eight regional municipalities, the County of Simcoe, and their lower-tier municipalities by appointed Special Advisors; and

WHEREAS, the provincially appointed advisory body will develop recommendations for the Minister for the purpose of improving governance, decision-making and service delivery in the regions and Simcoe County and their lower-tier municipalities; and

WHEREAS, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario informed its members that last August, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing began informal discussions, wishing to hear from people about how this system of governance is working recognizing it was established in the 1970s; and

WHEREAS, the provincially appointed advisory body has included in the review consideration of moving to single-tier municipalities or amalgamating existing municipalities; and

WHEREAS, neither the provincial review nor amalgamation was ever discussed during the recent provincial election by the Premier or our local Members of Provincial Parliament; and

WHEREAS 81 per cent of residents are satisfied with the government of the Town of Oakville, 89 per cent were satisfied with Town of Oakville services and 85 per cent were satisfied with the town’s attributes; and

WHEREAS 97 per cent of residents are satisfied with the quality of Regional services; and

WHEREAS the Town of Oakville has a history of finding efficiencies and savings while enhancing programs, services and facilities; and

WHEREAS the Town of Oakville has contributed to Halton Region’s AAA credit rating for 29 years; and

WHEREAS Halton is a model of municipal efficiency through service agreements between municipalities and the Region and 98 per cent of Halton residents rate their quality of life very high; and

WHEREAS Oakville is recognized as Canada’s Best Place to Live; and

WHEREAS in the sixteen municipal elections since the 1974 creation of our two-tier system of municipal governance, no one has run or been elected to change the structure of municipal government in Oakville; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,

THAT the Council of the Town of Oakville endorses the current effectiveness of our two-tier municipal government as it has evolved on mutual agreement with our partner lower municipalities since its foundation in 1974;

THAT the residents of Oakville value their choices, voices and diversity of representation and residents should have their say before any change in municipal representation, or possible merger with other municipalities.

And that this resolution be forwarded to all Halton municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and made publicly available.

Updated: February 22, 2019