A recent Nation Valley News story noted that the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry will have a 15 percent decrease from the provincial government this year due to cuts to the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund, the main transfer payment from the province to municipalities. This is unfair and SD&G is not alone.
Since 2013 the current government cut $70 million out of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund resulting in many municipalities being forced to increase property taxes or reduce services. The province needs to do their part.
We understand that municipalities like Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry rely on the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund grant so last weekend as part of our People’s Guarantee we announced that a PC government would restore the $70 million cut by the current government. This will help municipalities to deliver the services that people depend on.
Patrick Brown recognizes that we have to do more to help families, make life more affordable, and help those in need. Increasing the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund is part of our commitment to be a partner that municipalities can depend on and address the affordability challenges that Ontario families are facing.
Jim McDonell, MPP
Ernie Hardeman, MPP
PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing