My Opinion of the Inspection.
there are roughly 450
municipalities, cities, towns, villages etc of various sizes and populations. province of
Municipal affairs is not going to get into the business of settling local issues in all of these communities. Once they settle one how many more will they have on their hand’s?
If you want more proof of this go look at the municipal affairs site, you will see there as not been a lot of Inspections and seldom do they go in favor of the petitioners.
What we went through last night and over the previous six months in the
was a process where by the Crowsnest Pass through its municipal
affairs department, said local issues
will be resolved at the local level through the election process. Province
I understand why the ratepayers started the petition I understand why 2500 plus people signed it. We have a council that implemented “Change”, unfortunately they did too much to fast. During the last three years in my opinion they lost touch with the taxpayers, government cannot please everybody but you must have a majority of the public on your side. I believe that a lot of the 2500 were not just upset about various issues in the community but felt that council was no longer hearing them.
Back to the report things that stood out to me:
The consultant told us that council did nothing illegal, he also told us that they can hire and fire who ever they want, including volunteers, he told us they can raise taxes, and cut spending where ever they want. They can pass policies, bylaws and procedures as they see fit.
The consultant also told us we have a very limited tax base most of which is residential, he told us that a high percentage of our population are seniors on a fixed income. In addition he told us that combined our mill rate and franchise fees have increased our taxes a lot. He told us that council and administration have done a poor job communicating with the employee’s, with the public and at times even with each other (especially when it comes to the issue of change). He told us that labor relations at the municipality are poor, that the relationship between management and CUPE is strained to say the least.
The consultant also told us that this community should look at the possibility of a “viability study” the possible breakup of the present municipality. The consultant feels that the Crowsnest Pass as never come together as one community since amalgamation in 1979. I disagree with that, as one speaker so passionately stated last night every time there as been a need for this community to come together they have. I doubt for a moment that any future council will take that approach, would any of our rural MD neighbors want to take on any part of the Crowsnest Pass? I doubt that to.
What Russell Farmer and the Province have told us, just five days prior to nominations closing and thirty three days prior to the election is you the residents of the
all have a opportunity to
agree with or against council during the upcoming election process. Crowsnest
The report as really made this whole process simple if you agree with what as happened here over the last three years re-elect this council or like minded individuals. If you disagree with what as happened then you better look at the alternatives.
Think long and hard before you make your choice on Oct 21st, because if in two years you are not happy I think the Province as made it very clear you will be wasting your time looking to them to solve your problems