New Look. What Do You Think?

Been updating my website a little today. Most of my updates come on social media via Twitter and Facebook but I’ve been neglecting this site. So let me know what you think in the comments and also let me know what you’d like me to post here as well. Working for you Milton…what do you…

Getting Ready For AMO

This years AMO conference is coming up after this weekend. I've mentioned before it's a chance for councillors from over 400 plus municipalities to meet and discuss issues, attend workshops and potentially meet with Ontario government ministers to being up specific issues affecting their town or city. Normally at this time we get a list…

Heading to the AMO Conference

It's that time of year again. The time where many municipal councillors travel to one location to share experiences, pass along advice and get an opportunity to speak one on one with provincial government ministers. There are many different workshops scheduled for this year in Ottawa that spans over a 3 day period. Some of…

Downtown Milton Condo Proposal

Much has been talked about recently with the proposal for a condominium development in downtown Milton.  Recently the Town had held a Public Information Centre (PIC) to discuss it as well as get feedback directly from Milton residents. I, along with a number of town councillors, attended both sessions which had over 80 people come…

Milton Car Break-Ins

I have been a victim of this a few years ago. The best advice is to have all valuables hidden from view and better yet not in the vehicle at all. Make sure your windows are rolled up and all doors locked. This wont guarantee that you wont have your car broken into, but it…

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Well maybe not frightful, but over the weekend we were reminded that winter is on its way with the light dusting of snow we received. I think with that its a good time to remind residents of Milton about the Town’s snow removal policies. Here is the link to the Town of Milton’s page that…

End of Daylight Savings Time This Weekend

The Town of Milton and the Milton Fire Department would like to remind you of some important information regarding the end of daylight savings time this weekend. NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2015 End of Daylight Savings Time prompts reminder to test smoke alarms and change batteries This year, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November…

Changes Coming To Milton’s Election Sign Bylaw?

Here is a link to a story by Rachael Williams from the Milton Canadian Champion about the ever present sign mess that has happened over the last few election campaigns. http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5951106-signs-of-election-time-in-milton/ Election signs have been a part of democracy for as long as I can remember. As a child I remembered my father waiting to…

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.…

Milton Taxes – Value For Dollars Spent?

Local and Regional Councillor Mike Cluett pointed to a number of other challenges with keeping taxes low, the biggest of which is a lack of money coming from the province.

“They (province) are the ones controlling the speed and volume of how much we are growing, yet are doing very little to help fund the growth,” adding the Halton Region is underfunded by close to $4 million.

And a sizable chunk of Milton’s growth is residential, which doesn’t generate a great deal of taxes. In 1999, the taxable assessment split was 68 per cent residential and 31 per cent non-residential. This year, it’s 77 per cent to 23 per cent, respectively.

“That is the primary financial reason that non-residential growth is so important to communities…this change has decreased the level of financial support provided by the non-residential sector and put additional stress on the Town’s financial resources to fund services and programs,” said Leeds.

Additional pressures are also felt by residents who moved to Milton from larger communities like Mississauga and Brampton, said Cluett, adding they are used to a high level of service because those communities had a larger tax base. Milton is still small in comparison.