08/24/2009

Ottawa, Ontario, August 24, 2009 – Peter Hume, AMO President and MPP Carol Mitchell, PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, presented a PJ Marshall Certificate of Merit to the Elgin County and the Durham Region.
The Certificate of Merit was awarded for their partnership approach to collecting default Provincial Offences Act fines.   

Despite being 240 kilometres apart, Elgin County is using the services of Durham Region to collect default fines related to violations of Provincial Offenses.  

“Elgin County has tapped into Durham Region’s expertise to collect Provincial Offences revenue efficiently,” said Elgin County Warden Graham Warwick. 

"Durham Region is recognized as a leader in default fine collection,” said Jim Clapp, Commissioner of Finance for The Regional Municipality of Durham. The excellent systems we have built can serve other municipalities just as well as they serve us, and the partnership with Elgin provides better value for our tax payers."

“This award celebrates innovative partnerships that municipalities have undertaken to maximize resources and serve their communities better,” said Peter Hume, AMO President.  “This project highlights what can be achieved through collaboration and innovation.”

The award was received by Warden Graham Warwick and CAO Mark G. McDonald from the County of Elgin and by Jim Clapp, Commissioner of Finance and Joel Nicholson, Supervisor of POA Collections from Durham Region.  

AMO’s P.J. Marshall Award is an annual competitive process.  Awards acknowledge municipalities that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in public-private partnerships.  Submissions by Ontario municipalities are judged by a panel on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.  This year, two Certificates of Merit and one Plaque were awarded.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports 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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