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County and Elizabethtown-Kitley Township. He begins his ninth year on the CDSBEO board and was its vice-chairman during the last term. He takes over from Ron Eamer, trustee for the City of Cornwall and Glengarry County, who has served 10 consecutive terms as chairman and conti- nues as a board member Todd Lalonde was named board vice- chairman during the session. He begins hissixthyearastheCDSBEO’sothertrustee for the City of Cornwall and Glengarry County. “Tomy fellow trustees and senior admi- nistration, I look forward to working with you in my new role,” stated Lalonde. “I am grateful tomy fellow trustees for givingme the opportunity to do so. It is a joy to serve our school system, and to be a part of its success, and the success of our students.” Also working with Laton and Lalonde as board trustees are Nancy Kirby for Lanark County, Robin Reil for the City of Brockville,TownofSmithsFalls,andLeeds County, Karen McAllister for Dundas and Stormont counties, Sue Wilson for Prescott and Russell counties, and Sarah Norton as the board’s student trustee for the 2011- 2012 term. More long-term view proposed for A-P budget planning email@example.com Plantagenet Taxpayers are welcome to take part in this month’s review on budget proposals for Alfred-Plantagenet Township. Council begins its overall review of the draft budget document during a two-day special session Jan. 16 and 17 at the muni- cipal hall in Plantagenet. “While the draft budget is made up,” said Marc Daigneault, municipal director, “council still has to make decisions on what will be retained. I would say, by the end of January or early February the (final) budget should be adopted by council.” The final budget figure for the municipality, along with any possible property tax rate increase, has not been determined yet. Council has asked staff to develop an overall financial plan for the entire township’s operations, programs, assets, and expenses. The township has a similar long-term plan in place for water services that helps determine trends in water supply needs. An overall financial plan for the municipality would help guide council in future budget planning, including deciding how much, if any, tax rate increases might be necessary. “If we have a firm idea of where the trends are, we can better project for the next five or 10 years,” Daigneault said. He cited examples of other municipalities that tried to restrict their budget planning to either zero per cent or at most one per cent tax rate increases. They later faced huge double-digit tax rate hikes to cover ballooning expenses because their previous planning had not kept up with inflation, the need to expand services to support new growth, or even basic upkeep of existing infrastructure. “What I’m saying to council is ‘Let’s avoid those situations,’” Daigneault said,. Rather than let sentiment and wishful thinking dictate budget plans, a financial plan would provide department heads and council with revenue and expense projections as a basis for deciding future property tax rate increases. “It’s a more logical way of looking at things,” Daigneault said, adding that pro- vincial downloading has increased the budget strain on all municipalities. “We’re always having to do more with less.”
After long service as the voice for English Catholic schools throughout Eastern Ontario, Ron Eamer is stepping down as district chairman. Brent Laton is the new chairman for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO). He was named to the post by acclamation during the board’s December session. “Iwouldliketothankmyfellowtrustees for the privilege of serving as your chairman,” stated Laton in a news release. “We are here for the sole purpose to advocate for Catholic education in Onta- rio. I feel our role as trustees is significant tothesuccessoftheCatholicDistrictSchool Board of Eastern Ontario. We will conti- nue to work together and be strong advocates and stewards of Catholic education in Ontario.” Laton is the board trustee for Grenville
Photo CDSBEO Taking their place as the new vice-chairman and chairman for the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario are (left) Todd Lalonde and Brent Laton. With them is Director of Education William J. Gartland.
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