10/07/2011

Toronto, October 7, 2011 – The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) will work with Ontario's re-elected Liberal government to advance key municipal priorities that are in Ontario’s best interest.
“During the election campaign, Dalton McGuinty said that a Liberal government would deliver on, or work with municipalities to address, 10 of 12 key asks that AMO identified in July,” said AMO President Gary McNamara. “AMO looks forward to working with the legislature to implement changes that AMO feels will strengthen Ontario’s communities.”

The most pressing of AMO’s 12 priorities is the continued upload of provincial social service and court costs according to the schedule that AMO negotiated with the Ontario Government in 2008. During the campaign, Dalton McGuinty promised to deliver on this commitment and six others:

  • Protecting Ontario’s municipal property tax base from any new downloaded costs;
  • Providing permanent Provincial Gas Tax revenue (of at least $318 million annually) for transit;
  • Promoting personal and producer responsibility within waste management systems;
  • Avoiding caps on property assessment or taxation; and,
  • Continuing to consolidate housing programs with current or more funding.
In addition, he promised to work with municipalities to explore three other priorities:
  • Introducing insurance reform that limits municipal liability and protects tax payers;
  • Ensuring that clear and fair energy policies support sound planning and investment in Ontario’s electricity system; and,
  • Exploring opportunities to collect $1 billion in unpaid Provincial Offences Act fines.
AMO looks forward to working with the Ontario Government to implement these changes in the best interest of the province.

"AMO congratulates all those elected tonight, and all those who were candidates,” added McNamara. "AMO's members understand the commitment it takes to serve as a community representative. Ontario has been fortunate to have so many qualified candidates put their names on ballots in this election.”

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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