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Yes We've Got Problems, But This Budget Isn't One of Them

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hIt's the first week of December, and we're already on the verge of having next year's municipal budget finalized and approved by Meaford's council.

What is unfortunate about this year's budget season is that the fact that it has been the smoothest budget process in the last five years, and the proposed tax increase is miniscule when compared to the significant and painful increases over the last four years, and more money will be spent on roads and bridges in 2014 than we've seen in years, yet for some in the community this budget represents a huge failure on behalf of Meaford's council and staff.


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Rising Policing Costs Hurting Small Towns

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hLike many smaller Ontario towns, Meaford is struggling with the increasing costs of policing. According to Meaford's senior staff, roughly half of the 325 Ontario municipalities served by the Ontario Provincial Police have opted to ‘pay as they go’ rather than lock into a long-term contract, and escalating policing costs is one of the primary reasons for this.


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Rob Ford Saga Highlights Issues With Municipal Governance

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hIn recent weeks, the circus that has been Toronto's city council has provided a cornucopia of punchlines for late night comedians, startling headlines on the front pages of Toronto's major daily newspapers, and water cooler chatter for people not only in Toronto, but around the world.

 


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