08/22/2002

Toronto, Ont., August 22, 2002 – AMO President, Ken Boshcoff, Mayor of Thunder Bay, outlined his three-point action plan to delegates at the close of the annual AMO conference.
“The time is right for a new deal for municipalities,” said Boshcoff.  Building on the recent success of the 2002 AMO conference, the new AMO President announced his three-point action plan:

1. Take Full Advantage of Our Window of Opportunity 
Finally municipalities are being heard and others are joining the municipal cause for a new deal. With the passage of the new Municipal Act, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, overtures from the federal government, third party endorsements and recent commitments from Premier Eves and Minister Hodgson, it seems that everyone is ready to work together and get the job done.

2. Make the 2003 Provincial and Federal Budgets, The “Municipal Budget” Year 
If this year’s provincial budget was an education and health care budget, then next year must be a municipal budget year because municipal issues are everyone’s issues. The 2003 Provincial and Federal Budgets must commit the funds the “one” taxpayer demands for roads, bridges, water, sewage treatment, social services and affordable housing.  

3. Acquire New Revenue Sources      
Building on the Premier’s speech at the AMO conference, the Association will be working with the Province to discuss new revenue sources. AMO will work hard to convince the Province of the merits of further sources of revenue because they are needed in addition to the announced tax-incentive zones, opportunity bonds and the Ontario Municipal Economic Infrastructure Financing Authority.  

“The Premier asked municipalities to join him in making Ontario and its communities strong,” said Boshcoff. “I say, municipalities have already started the journey, so I hope the Premier and his federal counterparts will join us!”   

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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