Election Results Provide Seamless Transition for Municipalities



    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Ontario municipalities can expect a seamless
transition as it continues to work with Ontario's re-elected Liberal
government says Doug Reycraft, President of the Association of Municipalities
of Ontario (AMO). During the government's first term, it built a productive
relationship of collaboration and mutual respect with AMO that will enable
both orders of government to immediately continue their shared desire to serve
Ontarians effectively.
    "AMO congratulates both the government on its election to a second term
and all those who put their name forward to run in this election," said AMO
President Doug Reycraft. "AMO's members recognize the commitment required to
serve in public life and Ontario is fortunate to have so many qualified people
answer that call in this election."
    AMO's focus is now the completion of the Joint Provincial-Municipal
Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. The broad-based review is looking at the
financing and funding of provincial health and social services programs, as
well as their service delivery, to identify an equitable and sustainable
partnership for the 21st century. Recommendations from the Review are
scheduled to be released in a public report in February 2008.
    AMO will build on its past successes with the McGuinty Government which
resulted in advances such as enshrining a Memorandum of Understanding in
legislation, securing more permissive authority for municipalities, increasing
infrastructure funding, and uploading some Provincial costs from the property
tax base. The most significant of these uploads relate to the Ontario
Disability Support Plan (ODSP) and Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB). Together, these
two uploads will save municipalities approximately $935 million annually by
2011.
    "Ontarians expect their governments to work well together and we have
built structures such as the Memorandum of Understanding and Fiscal Review
processes which allow us to continue where we left off," said Reycraft. "For
all of Ontario's 445 municipalities, our top priority will continue to be
focused on the upload of the Province's health and social services costs from
the property tax base, to close the $3 billion fiscal gap, and to enable
municipalities to focus property taxes on core municipal responsibilities that
are vital to Ontario's prosperity."

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
445 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal
government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a
vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316 or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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