Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday October 28, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen

A dark and rainy Hallow’een looms, ushered in on the heels of a modern day “Frankenstorm”. Hollywood couldn’t set the stage any better. Get ready for rough weather followed closely by ghouls and goblins.

This past week saw its own bit of rough weather as Council wrestled with its first budget draft and adjustments to our service levels such as leaf pick-up. While it may be upsetting to some, these public discussions are a necessary part of steering us towards a healthy and sustainable future. Council remains committed to listening to its citizens and doing what it takes to protect the quality of life for you and your children.


On Tuesday October 30th, the attention shifts to County Council where we receive the 2013 budget. This year’s budget (first draft) is for $415 million dollars, an expenditure increase of $15 million or 3.7% over 2012. The proposed spend increase is to be financed by a tax increase of 2% and a debt of $8.1 million. Last year the County portion, including waste, of your Midland tax bill was 19%.

On Thursday November 1st, Midland Council gets back to its own budget deliberations with two meetings. At 6:00 pm we will meet in closed session to receive the final report by KPMG on staffing issues.  Then at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall we will again be meeting in public with KPMG to review impacts of their report on our 2013 budget.

Friday November 2nd is your chance to learn more about the new Georgian Village being built in Penetanguishene. This “Seniors in Transition” event will take place at Georgian Manor, 7 Harriet St. starting at 2:00 pm.

Happy Hallow’eening

Gord McKay

Be part of Midland’s exciting Year of Having Fun - 2012.


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