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Climate Emergency

At July 8 Council there will be a debate on a resolution put forwarded by Mayor Pellegrini and seconded by me re: declaring a climate emergency. I believe this declaration is appropriate.  As reported in the media, as we see already consequences of global warming and as identified in the resolution there is a threat to our planet, to all human kind.  Humans have contributed to this situation because of green house gases (GHG).  All, including King, needs to participate in the effort to reduce GHG.  This resolution does not define how we are going to do that but it does say that it is going to be, henceforth, a priority for us.  We need a action plan to engage all our community along with reducing the municipality’s contribution to the problem.  Some question use of the word “emergency;” I believe it is the right word as the definition of emergency includes the concept of taking action in response to the problem.  Importantly the resolution also indicates the need to  consider how to mitigate and adapt.

Energy Management Plan for Twshp

On Council July 8 agenda there is a very important report:  a draft plan for how the Township will reduce the green house gas emissions (GHG) generated by our facilities & fleet and reduce our consumption of energy (natural gas, electricity).  The report is important.  1st, the severity of climate change is human influenced by GHG emissions. 2nd, we know what needs to be done but we need to agree that it is important and we need to follow through with the necessary investments.    We have not been building a “climate change war chest” to fund this although as reviewed in the report we have done some good projects already.  How much we want to do will be a critical input to the upcoming 2020 budget work.  The report proposes 2 targets:  I believe we need to aim very high, (more…)

Bill 108: risks as to how we grow

On May 27 agenda there is Staff report reviewing the implications of the Province’s proposed Bill 108 called “More Homes, More Choice Act.” This Bill, if passed as is, has significant impact on how our communities evolve:  what is built, how it is built. More specifically, density, services, amenities and property taxes for both current and future residents.  In addition the enormity of the proposed changes to current legislation the Bill is very concerning as there is such limited time for feedback and there has been such limited consultation. I strongly urge you to at minimum read the Staff report; here is link to the Act.   Its my opinion that
this Act seriously undermines good planning which could deliver strong inclusive communities, a healthy  environment and (more…)

Amended Budget

On 3/18 Council agenda there is a report on an amended draft budget for 2019 and the 3 following years.  The amended one proposes a 2.3% increase (as opposed to 2.8%) on the township portion of the tax rate.  I think the proposal overall is reasonable although there are some individual choices about which I am not fully convinced.  Council is being asked to approve only the 2019 operating budget and 4 years of capital.   As was the case for 2018, if the assessed value of your property increases more than 6.56 % you will see the local municipal portion of your tax bill to increase more than 2.8%.  If it increased less than 6.56% it will increase less and may decrease.  I am interested to know what you think about this budget proposal; below I have provided some comments about the specifics.  (more…)

How To Spend Your Tax Dollars

The 2019 budget is underway.  Answer the survey to indicate your choice of priorities.  The link takes you to a survey.

To participate in the survey you need to register with speaking.ca. If you haven’t done so you can easily do so when you click on the link provided above.  As I reported earlier this is an this is an engagement tool we have launched.  Currently when you access it you can answer the survey on the budget; you can also provide input to the “refresh” for the Sustainability Plan.  I encourage you to register and be engaged with what is being planned for your community.