Huron East Mayor Reveals 2017 Highlights

The Mayor of Huron East says a couple of events stood out for him in 2017.

Bernie MacLellan says the Win This Space competition started in Huron East by Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley, was very successful again this year. And the outstanding event for the county and Huron East was the International Plowing Match in Walton. MacLellan says one of the major concerns going forward is the impact of Bill 148 and generally the overall increase in costs to the municipality and the fact that the Province keeps pulling more and more money back and they just do not understand property tax shouldn’t be paying a lot of the things it’s paying.

MacLellan points to health care as a perfect example of how the Province has downloaded the costs of a program that is clearly a provincial responsibility but ends up being covered at the county or municipal level through property taxes because otherwise it won’t get done.

“I still think one of our biggest challenges is the ramifications of Bill 148 and just the overall increase in costs to the municipality and the fact that the Province keeps pulling more and more money back and they just do not understand property tax shouldn’t be paying a lot of the things it’s paying.”

“…and in fact there are some instances where you have to have a certain level before the Province will even get involved with the next level and they don’t fund the first level, so they make you get involved which is your property tax paying for health care which it’s not supposed to be doing.”