City/County amalgamation

You may have read (or heard about) the article in the Guelph Mercury, suggesting that amalgamation talks had resurfaced between the City and County. There have been no discussions regarding amalgamation with the County. In fact there is no intent to raise this issue with the County. This is confirmed by our local growth strategy which states that over the next 25 years all growth will be accommodated within our existing boundaries.  Staff

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Snow storm….December 19, 2008

Yes it’s me again……before you all start cursing….I DIDN’T ORDER THIS STUFF!! I would like to convey to you the serious nature of this storm event in that it will be coming in strong and furious…with quick accumulations, high winds and severe wind chill values…….….below is the weather statement for your information. Please be aware that staff is working hard to maintain public mobility. Operations Road staff are out keeping the roads in a useable state….extreme care and caution should […]

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Guelph’s Hydro Steering Committee gets underway

Guelph’s Hydro Steering Committee, which is comprised of Mayor Farbridge; Councillors Piper, Findlay, Bell, and Salisbury; Paul Truex, Board Chair of Guelph Hydro Inc.; and Jasmine Urisk of the Board, met for the first time yesterday. The Committee will spend the next few weeks developing an agenda and terms of reference to shape the scope of work it expects to undertake. The Committee will then seek confirmation of the terms of reference from Guelph City Council. The Committee will report […]

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Budget Increases Since 2004

Here is the information about tax increases you requested 2004: 6.9% 2005: 5.1% 2006: 4.7% 2007: 4.3% 2008: 4.5% 2009: 3.74%* And here’s a link to where this can be found on the City’s website in case you want to direct people there. http://www.guelph.ca/cityhall.cfm?subCatID=2062&smocid=2635   Staff *does not include changes associated to Provincial OMPF funding or Social Services increases.

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Thanks for supporting arts and culture in Guelph

Great job on the budget last night — and finishing by 11 pm. at that!! I know that there were a lot of challenges this time, and that there will be many more to come, but on behalf of Guelph Arts Council and the arts community of this City, I do want to say many thanks to those of you who voted in support of the new position of supervisor of arts and culture. We know you wont regret this […]

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Council approves 2009 budget

The city’s 2009 tax-supported operating and capital budget is approved at $151,997,470, a 3.74 per cent increase over 2008. In order to keep the 2009 budget increase below 3.75 per cent, City employees reviewed proposed new services, explored the use of reserve funds, and looked for opportunities to defer the costs of longer-term projects.

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2009 City of Guelph budget: 3.74%

City Council approved the 2009 operating and capital budgets on Monday evening. In addition to all the existing services that you currently receive, these new services were approved: bicycle racks on buses arts and culture manager increased funding for Neighbourhood Support Coalition more traffic cops continued 2hr free street parking downtown seasonal overnight street parking east end library branch in September adult crossing guards snow windrow clearing volunteer program continued sidewalk ploughing freedom of information clerk heritage planner waste reduction […]

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Proposed water rate increase

I seriously hope council does not approve the 19% increase being proposed. Is this the benefit we get from trying to conserve water – pay higher rates?? Are there no reserves to offset such a significant increase? MD ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for your email. Council did approve a 15.5% increase to the water and waste water rates. I will try to briefly explain below the main reasons for this significant increase. Municipal property taxes do not pay for the water […]

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Funding for Neighbourhood Groups – as per budget agenda tonight – urgent

I had planned to appear as a delegate on behalf of GCL tonight but laryngitis has precluded that option. Below is the script of my presentation. At the ECO committee last year, I spoke (on behalf of the Guelph Civic League) in support of the additional $50,000 in funds requested by the N.S.C. At that meeting and since, I have discovered much more about the fantastic job NG’s do in delivering services. Not the least of which is the participatory […]

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