Dalton McGuinty, Oct. 21, 2004
Ms. Nancy Lichacz
Dear Ms. Lichacz:
Thank you for writing to me regarding de-amalgamation in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Your concerns are important to me and I appreciate your taking the time to share them.
Our government welcomes discussion at the local level about the future of the City of Kawartha Lakes. We recognize that de-amalgamation has been an important issue for many members of the community since the former County of Victoria was amalgamated. However, we are concerned that a number of the 16 lower-tier municipalities, which would be created through de-amalgamation, could face significant financial pressures given their current commitments and responsibilities.
De-amalgamation in the area could result in increased financial dependency on the provincial government. As you know, we are currently tackling the $5.6-billion deficit we inherited as we strive to improve the public services Ontarians value most. Itís a deficit thatís much larger than anyone anticipated, one that threatens the public services we have now and all our government wants to do for Ontarians.
You may also know that the Honourable John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has been in contact with the mayor and council of Kawartha Lakes about the de-amalgamation issue. While our government remains open to considering alternative governance options proposed by the local council, we are not in a position to reverse the amalgamation of the City of Kawartha Lakes at this time.
Our government recognizes that municipalities deliver invaluable services that are essential to the quality of life of all Ontarians. We are committed to working with our municipal partners to ensure the most effective delivery of those services.
Thanks again for sharing your concerns with me. Your input is always welcome. Yours truly,