02/17/2000

Toronto, Ont., February 17, 2000. In response to Minister Clement's release today, AMO President Michael Power said, "It is obvious that municipal governments have been working diligently to deliver services, including the increase in the number of services that have been transferred to them.
There are a number of reasons for this success -  strong management skills, finding new ways of doing business, reexamining service levels without compromising provincially set service standards and obviously the province's own equalizer, the Community Reinvestment Funds and other financial supports.

Holding the line on taxes is an objective to which all municipalities aspire.  In commenting on today's figures, Power cautioned that the ability to sustain today's good news will require the ongoing commitment of the Community Reinvestment Fund ($515 million) and the Special Circumstances Fund ($103 million) as well as help with the infrastructure deficit estimated at $1.37 billion per year, a cost which the property tax payer cannot afford on their own.  

"AMO is pleased that the Minister has publicly acknowledged the leadership role that municipal elected officials have brought to serving the tax payer," said Michael Power, "And I congratulate them as well."

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario's population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario.

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