Bradford West Gwillimbury Holds Talks with Special Advisors

Mayor Points Out Overlaps in Service As Part of Regional Government Review

Bradford’s Mayor is pointing out some changes needed as part of a review by the provincial government.

“There are opportunities to reduce overlap…”

Rob Keffer, Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury

Rob Keffer, Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury met with a pair of provincial special advisors recently, as part of a review of a Regional Government Review being conducted by the Ontario government. Keffer says the review allowed him to point out a few inefficiencies, including the doubling-up of service. “…some of the services offered by Simcoe County overlap with our own and those of other municipalities,” says Keffer. “There are opportunities to reduce overlap and implement more efficient ways of doing business that can benefit all of us.”

Simcoe County is one of nine municipalities under review; Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Oxford County and nearby Muskoka District. Keffer welcomes this review “I applaud the province for initiating this review and I encourage them to adopt a governance system for our area that provides for a better level of accountability and cost control by granting further autonomy to local municipalities.”

The Town of BWG collects property taxes on behalf of the municipality, Simcoe County, South Simcoe Police Services and the school boards. The County’s portion of the tax bill is approximately 29%.

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The special advisors met with all sixteem member muncipalities of Simcoe County this month, and will seek public input later this spring, before its expected their findings and recommendations will be presented at Queen’s Park over the summer.