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Letters

The Future Of Meaford Is Yours To Change

Editor,

Meaford has become unaffordable to the majority of its taxpayers.

Yearly increasing taxes caused by the present management of the community are failing to provide a solution.

It is a sad situation when a town’s municipal staff is the biggest employer in the community.

Taxpayers and elected council must realize they are operating a multi-million-dollar corporation and have to represent the majority of taxpayers.


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It Would be Prudent to Not Hire Another CAO

Editor,

Your recent article questioning whether Meaford should fill the position of CAO was excellent. It was balanced, factual, and provided a lot of good points.

Over the last few years municipalities have had many costs downloaded to them by various government sources and for smaller communities, like Meaford, this has proven very costly. Salaries (and benefits) are a huge portion of the budget, so perhaps Council could consider the alternatives to hiring a replacement Chief Administrative Officer. With the anticipated future costs of infrastructure replacements and the constant increase in consumption of energy I believe it would be prudent to NOT to hire another CAO.


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Thoughts on CAO Resignation

Dear Editor,

As you predicted in your editorial of August 15, 2015, the CAO is leaving the municipality. Your opinion that a municipality the size of Meaford does not need a CAO is correct. The CAO salary level usually raises the salary levels of senior management positions.

Over the past couple of years, two senior positions (Director of Roads and Director of Recreation) have been deleted and the fire chief retired to be replaced by the deputy. The deputy position was not filled. Unlike departments that have been organized under one director, more departments have been added that produce no value to the taxpayer. Job titles have been changed to elevate some positions. One manager position has only the manager and one staff. Other departments have suffered from the organizational changes.


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