With citizens of Mississauga paying the final instalment of their 2014 property taxes this week, mayoral candidate Steve Mahoney released his plan for ensuring those hard-earned tax dollars are spent judiciously on core services and that the city holds the line on property taxes within the rate of inflation.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂThereÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs only one taxpayer, and theyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂre already stretched thin. As your Mayor, I am committed to working with Council to hold the line on property taxes within the rate of inflation,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ said Mahoney. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂHow do we get there? Well, it will take setting clear priorities and stretching every dollar given to us by taxpayers.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ
As part of his Blueprint for an Even Stronger Mississauga , Mahoney has pledged to make every taxpayer dollar count by:
- Holding the line on property taxes within the rate of inflation;
- Conducting a core services review of all City services and programs to ensure efficiency of service delivery and identify opportunities for improvement;
- Establishing a Blue Ribbon Panel with experts from the private and non-profit sectors to provide advice on getting value for money for City services and look at ways to improve service delivery using technology and partnerships; and
- Implementing participatory budgeting to give citizens a direct say in how City resources can best be spent for the betterment of their communities.
ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂMississauga faces serious financial challenges, and tackling them will take experienced leadership, and a mayor ready to begin working for the people of Mississauga on day one,ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ said Mahoney. ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂThe next mayor has no time for on the job training. I have the experience, I have the plan, and I will work hard to ensure taxpayer dollars are respected.ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ