Two councillors want Province to leave Halton Region government alone

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Published October 12, 2023 at 12:05 pm

A pair of councillors, one each from Burlington and Halton Hills, wants the Province to leave Halton Region alone.

Burlington’s Rory Nisan and Halton Hills’s Clark Somerville have put forward a motion that will be discussed at next week’s council meeting in support of the current municipal government structure.

Last year, the Province announced a review of Ontario’s regional municipalities, including Halton, to see whether changes to municipal governance structure would enhance local services and/or provide better value to taxpayers.

Nisan’s motion says the region and local municipalities already supports the Province’s goal to deliver at least 1.5 million homes by 2031.

“A governance review would be disruptive as it would take significant time and attention away from the Region’s goal to deliver infrastructure to support municipal housing pledges,” reads the motion.

“Halton and all of its member municipalities, agencies, boards and committees have continuously worked on efficiencies and have saved taxpayers millions of dollars through the Halton Cooperative Purchasing group, including the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS), the Conservation Authorities and School Boards.”

Nisan and Somerville are asking their colleagues to support writing to Premier Doug Ford indicating Regional Council’s support for the current structure.

In addition, they want the staff to look for additional cost savings with the regional partners.

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