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Amalgamation

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The Question

Do you think more amalgamation is necessary?

Yes or No?

Results

Yes 10.3%
No 89.7%
  100%

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Absolutely not! We've already lost  too much to amalgamation especially  that warm smalltown feeling where  friends and neighbours knew each other  and town amenities were easily  accessible.

Amalgamation does not work and costs  will only increase not decrease as  provincial officials claim they will.  Some areas that were forced to  amalgamate years ago now want to de amalgamate eg Ottawa where costs and  # of employees have increased  significantly. www.ruralcouncil.ca/amalgamation.htm 

Amalgamation would NOT benefit the  citizens and taxpayers of Saugeen  Shores. Having people in Owen S.  decide how to spend our tax dollars  would not be a recipe for happiness!

As in the past we can see that  amalgamation hasn't saved anyone  municipality dollars those who had  good sized reserves have been depleted  and there have within Ontario been  deamalgamations taken place. Bruce  County is too small a population to  support any further amalgamation.

Absolutely not it has  not worked when you amalgamted the  last time our water is up out taxes  are higher. It was better when each  town took care of its own needs.

Absolutly NOT!

Amalgamation has  already proven to be very costly to  the Town of Southampton . We were once  in good financial shape. I do not  believe that is now the case.

amalgmation as and is  not necessary in the first place all  it did was help the ones who needed  help to begin with

DIFFERENCE A TOWN OR COMMUNITY WITH PEOPLE OWNERSHIP. SOUTHAMPTON WAS ASKED "WHAT DO YOU WANT IN 10 YEARS TIME? WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?" WE GOT THE NEW MUSEUM  ISLAND HIGH STREET FIX UP SOCCER FIELD PARKS BEACH SENIORS CENTER  ETC. = MILLIONS IN VOLUNTEERING AND NO  TAXES. 20% IN TAX CUTS BECAME DEBT RUN BY DEVELOPMENT AT ANY COST NOT OUR VALUES AND GOOD PLANNING

enough is too much

HELL NO! We were all better off before any  amalgamation!

If it ain't broke......don't fix it!

It is just a way of wasting more money  it didn't work last time and it won't  work if they amalgamate. There should  be a say from the residents from each  town. How does someone in Meafort know  what is going on in Southampton. It is  all about control control and more  control.

Mybe we could go back to the way we  were a few years ago.

No And I was wondering why we did the  last emalgamation.

Not at the lower tier level; however  it could be considered for the upper  tier  amalgamating Grey and Bruce  County government may generate some  efficiencies.

PLEASE NO. *Bigger* region  means *bigger* salaries with *bigger*  staff.

Saugeen Shores shows that it doesn't  work. Southampton is the have not  community always last with Port Elgin  being put first for everything!

We have already been pared down to  nothing.

We have at least one too many levels of  government. The municipal governments  in Bruce County should be eliminated.  This would be replaced with a  comprehensive Bruce County Legislature.  This government would control all local  services including establishing a Bruce  County Police Force and a Bruce County  Fire Service similar to what we have  now with the Bruce County EMS.

We still have to see any savings on our  Saugeen Shores tax bill due to previous  amalgamation.   Any future amalgamation would surely be  an excuse to build a new out of town  headquarters complex staffed with an  ever more expensive management  hierarchy.

With any amalgamation you loose your  idenity and become alienated from your  community

You have not saved one dime to date  and the upheaval caused was not worth  the name change. Bigger is not always  better and if are not saving money  than what the H***

The question results from some thoughts about amalgamating on a Bruce County level to reduce costs.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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