Back in 2013, Hazel McCallion fought for secession from the region of Peel. Today, our mayor, Bonnie Crombie may actually succeed in separating Mississauga from the rest of the Region. However, we must note that the decision lies with Premier Doug Ford.
The strong push comes after noting that the city finally needs to focus on spending its tax dollars on its own city infrastructure, such as roads, schools, transit & other. City council believes that this will mean cost savings for its residents. If Mississauga succeeds the city could see an exit as early as 2022.
What Changes & What Stays The Same
When cities come together within a region, the benefits are usually that cities pool money together for shared resources. This includes the Police force, garbage collection, wastewater collection, and so much more. Bonnie Crombie proposes that these do not have to change, they can remain shared resources.
What in fact would change during the secession is that Mississauga would focus on spending its tax dollars on the city of Mississauga, as opposed to helping pay for Brampton & Caledon. It is estimated that Mississauga spends roughly $85 million annually to subsidize Brampton & Caledon.
If the city is granted separation, the city could save millions and focus on what is the priority for Mississauga and its residents. It is also estimated that the average Mississauga household would see a 6% decrease in yearly property tax if the separation delivers on all services.
This alone could motivate a lot of residents to be in favour of the Mississauga exit. 12 years ago, when the topic was brought up the first time, a study showed that $31 million could be saved by separating from Peel. This time, the numbers are unknown.
Crombie is pushing for a new study to be performed so that the numbers could be updated. However, at this time, there was no review made. It is to be noted, that when amalgamation is proposed in the first place, it is for cities to share resources or if they already do, then to share tax wealth among rich and poor cities and towns in order to move forward and help each other grow.
This would mean that shared resources and taxes could expand infrastructure, improve roads, schools, landscapes and other things in the region. When we look onto our neighbour, The United States, we can see how negatively something like not coming together can impact cities. In the States, a lot of tax-rich cities are next to poor tax cities, and they don’t come together to share resources.
The divide is evident. Look at the different schools and school systems, roads, housing, storefronts, landscapes etc. The result is Third World quality schools, resources, landscapes etc, next to excessively resourced ones. It is not to say that this could happen to Peel, but this is what a lot of residents fear, especially in Brampton & Caledon.
The best possible outcome for Peel, if they do separate and become independent cities, is to keep their resources pooled together. Focus on keeping the Peel school board intact, the Police force, as well as the Waste & Water management systems.
The result would be that there are no shortcomings in these well-run areas & the city of Mississauga can focus on different areas that need financial improvement to run properly.
As proposed, Mississauga can spend its tax dollars on fixing their roads, expand infrastructure, spend money on affordable housing and focus on its own issues within city hall without having to resolve the issues of Brampton & Caledon. This will grow and expand the city of Mississauga and focus on matters that are important to the city and its residents.
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