Posted by Phil Andrews
In connection with its deputation to Guelph city council Monday surrounding the municipality's 2016 operating budget deliberations, the Guelph Chamber issued this statement:
For Immediate Release | December 1, 2015
Guelph, December 1, 2015: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce presented to Guelph City Council as part of the stakeholder engagement and public presentations process on the City Budget. A central objective of the Chamber’s continued involvement in the municipal budget process is to ensure that municipal public finance decisions are made with a lens of sound financial principles that balance support for a community’s range of services with a community’s ability to pay and remain competitive as an investment and growth location. In order to achieve this, the Chamber urged the City to commit to investing in a thorough Service Rationalization Review.
“It is important to consider the range of services that the City provides and the extent with which service innovations can be made that optimize the City budget and leverage partnerships with the private sector,” notes Kithio Mwanzia, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. “With this in mind, committing to investing in a Service Rationalization Review will be an important element toward ensuring that service delivery and investment at the City matches desired goals and objectives.”
The Chamber focused on these four key areas as part of its presentation:
- Commitment to the investment in a thorough Service Rationalization Review. A review of this nature has served as an important guide to decision-making and agenda focus in numerous municipalities.
- Further reduction of the industrial and multi-residential tax ratios. This is an important step as part of the ongoing commitment by the City to be open for business and remain competitive.
- The Chamber also highlighted the above-inflation year after year increases in Water & Wastewater charges.
- Recognition of the efforts of this year’s proposed budget as being within the range of inflation.
“We look forward to working with the City and continuing to provide the voice of the business community as a means to bolster growth and opportunity for Guelph,” adds Mwanzia.