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Don’t even think about another munici- pal amalgamation plan is the message from Prescott-Russell to the provincial government. The mayors for all eight municipalities in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) gave unanimous support, August 28, for a resolution from McKellar Township to Premier Doug Ford, about any ideas he or other members of the Progressive Conser- vative government may have about a repeat of the Harris government’s 1998 municipal amalgamation project. “The (Harris) Conservative government forced many municipalities to amalgamate on the guise they would become more effi- cient, effective, save money, lower taxes, and ultimately reduce the provincial deficit,” stated the McKellar resolution. “There has never been a valid evidence-based study that supported these outcomes, and forced amalgamation actually accomplished just the opposite.” The 1998 amalgamation process resulted in the creation of Champlain Township, which includes the villages of Vankleek Hill and -0SJHOBMXJUI8FTU)BXLFTCVSZBOE-PO - gueuil townships; Clarence Township merged with the Town of Rockland to create the City of Clarence-Rockland; and the combining of both Alfred Township and the Village of "MGSFEXJUI/PSUI1MBOUBHFOFU5PXOTIJQBOE the Village of Plantagenet formed Alfred- Plantagenet Township. No to amalgamation /PXUIF'PSEHPWFSONFOUJTSFWJFXJOH several large regional municipalities in Sou- thern Ontario to determine if they could bene- fit from amalgamation. McKellar Township officials wonder whether the provincial government will look at other amalgamation possibilities as a means of reducing its own deficit situation. “The provincial government should inves- tigate all other internal ways of reducing its deficit,” stated the resolution, “and beco- ming more fiscally responsible over time rather than downloading to the one level of government that is the most efficient, has the lowest cost and is closest to the electorate, which will not put a dent in the provincial deficit.” The resolution demands the provincial government meet certain conditions first, before going ahead with any future municipal amalgamation plans. The first demand is for local referendums to let residents of affected municipalities decide if they want amalgamation. The other conditions call for “evidence- based studies” to support claims that amalgamation will save municipal costs, lower taxes, protect local jobs, and also help reduce the Ontario deficit, and that municipalities get to work out their own amalgamation agreements “that best suit their local needs” with their own timelines and deadlines. “The (Harris) Conservative government forced many municipalities to amalgamate ... ”

Les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell appuieront une résolution du canton de McKellar, qui exige que le gouvernement de l’Ontario mette en place un processus de consultation adéquat, incluant des référendums locaux, avant de décider d’aller de l’avant avec des fusions municipales. —archives

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