01/12/2009

AMO put forward its Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The Submission called for increased infrastructure investment.

Highlights of the 2009 AMO submission include:

Predictable Municipal Funding and Stable Revenue:

  1. Continued stable equalization funding for 2010 and beyond through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund.
  2. A legislative amendment to clarify Ontario’s longstanding policy of assessing current value tenanted commercial properties in the wake of the Assessment Review Board’s “Bank Towers Decision”.
  3. The government must consider the indirect impact on municipal employers of wage settlements made by the government.
Improve Economic Development through Infrastructure Investment:
  1. The Province should increase infrastructure investments and accelerate Move Ontario 20/20 transit investments.
  2. The creation of a new Infrastructure Investment Fund to provide predictable levels of support over a sustained period of time to small and rural municipalities.   
  3. A review the Development Charges Act to uphold the principle that “growth pays for growth.”  
Green Jobs leading to a Greener Economy:
  1. Further the government’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction targets by establishing a dedicated infrastructure fund for municipal buildings and public housing energy audits, energy efficiency upgrades and state of good repair retrofits.
  2. It encourages the development of new greener alternatives to energy production, and
  3. It applauds the government’s recent efforts to bring the sustainable waste management principle of “extended producer responsibility” into focus.