Toronto, Ont., March 27, 2003 – In the budget announcement, Ontario Finance Minister, the Honourable Janet Ecker, recommitted to opening a dialogue with the municipal sector on multi-year funding.

“This is a dialogue that we have long been asking for,” said AMO President Ken Boshcoff, “If municipalities know what the funding commitment is over three years, they can better manage their finances and property tax rates.”

The Minister kicked off this initiative with a commitment to an 18% increase, over the next three years - representing $106 million. The other announcements related to transit, water and highways should provide some immediate assistance. 

The Finance Minister did note that the initiative would depend on economic circumstances, federal support and accountability measures. “AMO is ready to sit down and work with the other Orders of Government to make this work,” said Mayor Ann Mulvale, AMO’s Past President. She added, “Municipalities are not worried about accountability measures. We are already the closest and most transparent Order of Government in Canada.”

“This is certainly something to work with,” stated President Boshcoff, “AMO is eager to get it done.”

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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