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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wasaga Beach sends premier a letter regarding regional governance review

Wasaga Beach | by Ian MacLennan  
The town says if the province chooses amalgamation, then there must be numbers to back up any cost savings.

Wasaga Beach has put its cards on the table and has a list of demands for the province if the Ford government chooses amalgamation as one of the outcomes of the regional governance review.

If amalgamation is the path taken,  Bifolchi says it won't be good enough to tell taxpayers that there will be cost savings.

The mayor wants to see numbers.    

The municipality is also demanding the province hold a local referendum on whether to approve amalgamation.

A letter to Premier Doug Ford and signed by the chief administrative officer outlining the town's expectations was presented at the County of Simcoe's committee of the whole meeting.

The origin of the letter came from McKellar Township near Parry Sound,  which urged municipalities to join them in circulating it to the Ford government.

Bifolchi says what the town is doing by sending the letter is looking after its residents,  adding she doesn't feel there has been enough consultation to fully understand what some of the proposed changes would fully mean.

The regional government review announced by the province in January was to have been completed by early summer.

Bifolchi says she isn't expecting to hear anything until after the federal election.

Simcoe County council accepted the letter as information.




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