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Who Should Get Credit For Meaford's Impressive 2015 Budget?

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hOur new council has survived their first budget deliberation, and the end result should please just about everyone.

As fine a job as this council has done in their first few months, and with their first budget, the real praise and acknowledgement should be spread around a little beyond the current council and staff.


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A Tip of the Hat to Local Heroes Who Support Youth Athletes

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hFor a small town, Meaford (and the immediate area) is certainly churning out top-notch youth athletes these days. Medals and ribbons, and trophies have been piling up around runners, skiers, and even competitors in the sport of biathlon have found their way to gold.

When teenagers earn medals and trophies, it is the result of a lot of hard work and determination, and it is also the result of several levels of support.


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Advice to Council – Show Rural Residents Some Respect

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StephenVance bw 225w 200hShould Meaford's council take the lacklustre attendance at the recent public engagement sessions for the 2015 municipal budget as a sign that ratepayers are happy with the budget and the 1.3 percent property tax increase that comes with it, or should they take it as a warning that the public has become frustrated, apathetic, and as a result have disconnected from the process?

More Meaford residents attended the public planning meeting earlier this month regarding the proposed redevelopment of some downtown buildings than all of the budget meetings combined. It would be reasonable to believe that with a relatively low rate increase, the masses we've seen at budget meetings in previous years decided to stay home.


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