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Selling out our City and no need for Councillor's to know about it?

November 25, 2011

On November 30, 2011 a motion is going before the Executive Council Committee that will increase the existing infrastructure deficit, drive more traffic into Winnipeg and negatively impact Winnipeg property values.   For information on the motion and the Policy by which this will happen go to:   images/userfiles/Service Agreement post_asp.pdf    images/userfiles/Policy post_asp.pdf   You will see from the document that Council is asked to give authority to the CAO to finalize agreements without Council approval which outlines the democratic deficit at City Hall. A Councillor's responsibility is to know what they are approving and to be provided the information they need to make those decisions in the best interest of the public in which we serve.  For example some questions I already have regarding the service agreements are: While providing surplus capacity of the City's water and sewer utilities would benefit neighbouring municipalities and the environment, would the resulting new rural developments and additional traffic into Winnipeg benefit Winnipeggers? What would be the net additional revenues to the City of Winnipeg through increased water and sewer revenues and revenue sharing?   How much of the revenues would go into the City’s regional roads capital budget and to reinvesting into water and sewer infrastructure versus what would go to fix the City’s existing older infrastructure?   The revenue that is earned would go into making regional, not residential, roads better for

commuters thereby increasing traffic and increasing development outside Winnipeg.

 

Increasing the capacity of water and sewer infrastructure to service the expansion of new developments that will not pay taxes to the City of Winnipeg is good for Winnipeggers how?.

  The Capital Region is home to almost two-thirds of Manitoba’s population. The area includes sixteen municipalities, with the City of Winnipeg as the principal investment and business centre which is why 90% of rural people commute into Winnipeg to work but don't pay the City for the services they presently use.    The five principles to be used to guide the shared service process: ·        are gov't to gov't:; ·        are consistent with the City’s existing and future capacity to provide the service; ·        are founded on a strong business case to ensure the efficient delivery of the service in the region; ·        incorporate a joint planning agreement to manage development and related environmental concerns; and ·        include a provision for tax/revenue sharing.   Democracy requires that elected officials see the details.  There is a lot of subjective language that requires defining through a transparent political process.   Council approval is required for the Public Service to implement the recommendations in the report that includes delegating authority to finalize agreements without Council knowing the details and for investing Winnipeggers money into promoting ex-urban sprawl at the expense of Winnipeg.   Executive Policy Committee will consider the report on November 30, 2011.