Milton Council unanimously endorses Halton’s current two-tier municipal government system

Posted on Tuesday March 05, 2019

News Release

On Monday, Milton Council unanimously passed a motion to endorse the effectiveness of the current two-tier municipal government model in Halton Region.

“The Town of Milton values autonomy to build a unique community that aspires to be a place of possibility,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “Residents should have their democratic say before any change in municipal representation, or possible amalgamation with other municipalities.”

In January, the provincial government announced a review of Ontario’s eight regional municipalities, Simcoe County and their lower-tier municipalities by appointed special advisors. The advisory body will develop recommendations for the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to improve governance, decision-making and service delivery. The review will include the consideration of single-tier municipalities and the amalgamation of existing municipalities.

Ninety eight per cent of Halton residents rate their quality of life very high. Based on the results of the 2018 Municipal Study by BMA Management Consulting Inc., residents in Milton currently enjoy the lowest municipal cost, including tax rates and water and wastewater rates, as a percentage of household income in Ontario.

Milton’s resolution will be forwarded to all Halton municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

To learn more, read the full motion.

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