|Item No. & Description||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|1 – CAO accomplishments||Yay||9 – 0||Presentation|
|2 – Municipal accomplishments||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|3 – Devonwood Trail sale of parkland||NAY||8 – 1||Delegation|
|4 – Roseland Golf & Curling||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|5 – Wyandotte road rehab||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|6 – Tender of Lauzon Road improvement||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|7 – Waiver Property Taxes – Spirit Excellence||NAY||7 – 2||Delegation|
|8 – Annual temporary borrowing||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|9 – Annual report card on strategic plan||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|10 – Interim property tax bills||Yay||8 – 0||Consent|
|11 – Municipal finance internship program||Yay||9 – 0||Consent|
|12 – Penalties & interest on unpaid property taxes||Yay||8 – 0||Delegation|
|13 – Request for extension of property tax exemption for JCC||NAY||7 – 2||Delegation|
|14 – Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority plan||Yay||9 – 0||Presentation|
*Consent items are non-controversial items that are mostly administrative issues—housekeeping—that are adopted without debate. For example: City Council accepts the Municipal Accomplishments report
**Minority (dissenting) votes are in bold.
BRIEF SUMMARY & NOTES ON HOW I VOTED
On three occasions I was in the minority by voting “NAY” including my first 8 to 1 decision where I was the sole dissenter – The Devonwood Trail issue.
Item #3 – Devonwood Trail—brought forward several home owners who wanted to purchase a twenty-foot deep parcel of City-owned parkland to the rear of their homes. The land was appraised at $128,300. The home owners offered the City $24, 057 which represents a discount of 81% of the appraised value. Therefore, I could not support this transaction on two grounds. From an environmental standpoint, we should protect every inch of parkland and green space in the City rather than sell it. From an economic standpoint, the offer proposed by the home owners is far below the market value of the parkland.
Item#7 – Waiver of Property Taxes for Spirit of Excellence (SOE)—brought forward a non-profit community organization that operates in the Ford City area. Due to a decision by MPAC–a Provincial body–the SOE was forgiven its taxes and penalties/interest owed from 2007 onward. Subsequent to that decision, the SOE requested that Council forgive its taxes/interest/penalties from 2005 and 2006. I voted against that request.
Item#13 – Please see my earlier post titled “Extension of Tax Exempt Status” dated January 15, 2013 which explains my decision to vote against extending tax-exempt status to additional adjacent property the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) was looking to purchase. In short, I believe that the path to tax-exempt status must be equal for all community organizations, and for all organizations that path leads through MPAC–a Provincial body–not City Council.