Derry Road Closure Aug 21-22nd

Please note that there will be a temporary road closure of Derry Road at the CN Rail lines beginning Friday August 21 at 5am to Saturday August 22nd at 5am

The following is a detour route for this short period of time. This looks to be the last road closure before the completion of this project which was scheduled for completion in Summer 2015.

Thank in advance for your patience. If you have any questions please call or email me mike.cluett@milton.ca

Main St Closure – Ward 8

Scheduled Road Closure Advisory Main Street -Between Scott Boulevard and Bronte Street

Scheduled road closure in effect from: 7:00am Monday, August 24 to 5:00pm Monday, November 30,2015

In order to accommodate the reconstruction of Main Street, the section between Scott Blvd. to Bronte Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the time noted above. Only local traffic will be permitted.

During this closure, traffic will be detoured via Bronte Street, Derry Road, Tremaine Rd and Steeles Avenue.

The Town of Milton is committed to programs for maintaining and improving our vital infrastructure and services to our community.

We respectfully request and thank you for your patience and understanding during this period.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Email me as always mike.cluett@milton.ca

Milton Taxes – Value For Dollars Spent?

Earlier this month Racheal Williams from the Milton Canadian Champion approached members of council and the public a question about the property taxes we pay in Milton.  Do we get value for our tax dollar?

As you will read in the following article, there are a number of my colleagues who don’t share the same outlook when it comes to property taxes.  I don’t see taxation at different levels as others do.  I don’t look at one service and say “this will only cost $1.30 per $100,000 of the value of my home.”

Its the bottom line that matters.  The total at the bottom of your municipal tax bill should be affordable.  The total you see at the bottom of your tax bill is the regional portion, local portion and educational portion of the property taxes we pay.  Most taxpayers don’t see it that way.  Its the total amount of money that comes out of their bank account every quarter that makes the difference.

Milton has the second lowest tax rate in the GTA.

net muni levy

A lot of people “know” that but they don’t feel it.  In a recent budget call report to Milton Town Council, there were survey results that show only 20% of people perceive that the property taxes are lower than other jurisdictions.

This does shed some light as to what the Town of Milton, and quite frankly myself, needs to do to improve this.  We need to make sure the residents of Milton better understand the value for tax dollars they receive.

Here is a link to the article from Rachael Williams 

Milton mayor steadfast in keeping tax rates low

CN Presentation to Halton Region Council May 27th 2015

The following is a clip from todays Halton Region council meeting where CN makes a presentation outlining its newly named “Milton Logistics Hub Project” aka Milton Intermodal.

More details and comments to come.  I had posted a link to the Halton website earlier on Twitter and some have commented their browsers werent able to view the meeting, so that section has been uploaded to YouTube.

 

Next Step In Regional Representation Review

Halton Region MapDuring the last election campaign I spoke to many residents in Milton about the importance of “Fairness For Milton.” You can read those ideas here.

Recently the Region passed a notice of motion to ask Halton municipalities (Milton, Oakville, Burlington & Halton Hills) to provide a report on their support for changes to the make up of regional council.

Right now the make up is as follows:

Oakville (7)

Burlington (7)

Halton Hills (3)

Milton (3)

The additional member is the Regional Chair Gary Carr and he is elected across Halton.

This coming Monday, Milton Town Council will be discussing a staff report ES 15-15 to review our ideas and options to bring to Halton Region.

You can find a link to that staff report here (its 15 pages long, but still an excellent read)  Milton staff report highlights a number of different options, including one to move to weighted voting where each municipality has a number of votes based on its population.  I’ll discuss more in a later blog.

Once this is approved by Milton Town Council, the report will be forwarded to Halton Region staff and await the other municipalities reports.  If 3 of 4 Halton municipalities agree that changes are needed, the process moves forward.

There is a time frame needed in order to make these changes before the next election.  If nothing is done or agreed to by Halton Regional council by 2017, it would be impossible to make the changes before October 2018 which is the next municipal election.

Have a look at the report and let me know what you think.