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2012-05-29 at MIDNIGHT

City discount

By Jeff Labine,
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City council has approved a resolution that will give not-for-profit organizations a 25 per cent discount on any official plan or zoning bylaw application fee.

Council discussed the possible discount for not-for-profits organization at Monday night’s meeting. The original resolution proposed by At-Large Coun. Aldo Ruberto requested that not-for-profit organizations be allowed anywhere from 25 per cent to 100 per cent on any official plan or zoning bylaw amendment application fee.

The original resolution failed to get much traction. Council moved to change the resolution to allow up to 25 per cent along with a to-be-written policy and eliminated the option for a 100 per cent discount all together.

Ruberto argued that the not-for-profit organizations do a lot for the city as well as save taxpayers money and said that they should allow a 100 per cent discount.

“This whole resolution is to help none-profits help people,” Aldo said before the vote. “They save us money and provide a service that we would otherwise have to pay for. The original policy was introduced in 1979. That’s 22 years ago. Non-profits have grown because of the demand. Some of those organizations need more.”

He said council would choose which organizations get the discount.

Northwood Coun. Mark Bentz disagreed and questioned the merit of giving anywhere from 25 per cent to 100 per cent as well as how council would be able to determine who gets what.

He said he didn’t want city council to become a “dog and pony” show for couns’. favourite charity.

“It should be a fixed number so it is a policy and not a flavour of the day,” Bentz said.

At-Large Coun. Ken Boshcoff said giving 25 per cent is a generous offer and giving out an over the top discount would send a bizarre message to the public. He said it would be like a free-for-all.

Council also approved the 2012 Tax Policy.

The policy capped tax increases for commercial, industrial and multi-residential property classes at the greater of 10 per cent over the previous year and five per cent of the Current Value Assessment. The policy will also put a threshold of $250 on properties having final capping adjustments that are less than $250.

Council also approved Westfort Coun. Joe Virdiramo’s recommendation that the city send a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about his withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol Argreement.



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Counterpunch says:
Thunder Bay is currently the largest city (outside of the Third World) without a sewage treatment system, and that is not on the agenda ?

Hundreds of homes have polluted, standing water in their basements, sections of major highways are closed including 11/17. Bridges are out, others are threatened, yet they are discussing the Kyoto Protocol ?

5/29/2012 6:56:29 AM
advocate says:
The pumps arrived for the treatment system this morning at 2am.

Did you really want this added to the agenda to slow the process down?

Find another story to complain in.
5/29/2012 8:57:43 AM
Counterpunch says:
Your wrong on this one old friend. The city has declared a "state of emergency". This Council meeting was the opportunity to inform the greater public of what was happening. They dropped the ball. The lack of Leadership was staggering.

By the way could you source your information about the pumps arriving at 2 a.m. ?

5/29/2012 9:32:04 AM
advocate says:
Incorrect. The City, and more particular the committee dealing with this (which comprises many stakeholders in addition to the City) have been making many updates concerning the situation.

My source to the pumps arriving at 2am is Ken Boshcoff on the radio this morning. Rock94, I believe. But could have been CKPR or Magic or the Giant.
5/29/2012 10:43:51 AM
counterpunch says:
You seem to be missing the point Ken.

In a crisis, people look to their elected officials to provide Leadership, not a nameless committee, comprised of so called Stakeholders.

For the record, I am certain that the City workers are doing their very best to fix the problem and get the East End back in shape. They will succeed.

5/29/2012 12:48:05 PM
advocate says:
My name is not Ken, and just because you do not get your way does not mean you should start resorting to name calling.

You are missing the point. There have been updates every few hours being released. They are here, on the radio, newsledger, etc.

Everyone is working hard on this, including several members of Council.

So it makes no sense to cancel the Council meetings when the tasks are at hand anyways. Especially since many of these Councillors were meeting about the emergency all day anyways.
5/29/2012 2:40:27 PM
passlake says:
how would you suggest they discuss this?

crews are working around the clock, where safe to do so, to fix the problems they can with the amount of water still present. What more can really be said?
5/29/2012 9:52:50 AM
Lally says:
Mr Ruberto may want to check his math. If the original policy was introduced in 1979 and it is now 2012, that is 33 years ago, not 22.
5/29/2012 6:57:59 AM
yqtyqt says:
Well nobody ever said this guy is too smart.

Thats why he supports Mikie and the fiberals when it comes to provincial politics. Mikie and aldo both attended the same math classes. And apparently failed.

Look - every time aldo opens his mouth, I hang on to my wallet. It usually hurts every time. Isn't he the clown who was in favour of the $1 million dollar hockey stick art on the waterfront. Another example of financial brilliance.

As for the clean-up, the crews are doing the best they can. This kind of storm doesn't come along very often. When they built the floodway, it was supposed to handle these kinds of events. Well, they couldn't have predicted this one.

Cut the hard working crews some slack. Flooding Happens in even the best prepared cities.

The insurance companies will be overwhelmed with claims - lets hope that nobody suffers too badly.

5/29/2012 1:04:21 PM
jimmyboy says:
When it comes down to councilor Ruberto he has got too be the king of both bizarre messages and questions at each and every city council meeting without question.!
5/29/2012 7:45:58 AM
Tom Sanderson says:
No different than you on this web site. You never have anything positive to say about anything city council does. Get over it, your bad mouthing anything and everything hasn't made a difference has it? Well it may have increased the size of that ulcer growing in your gut. You do know that you will not be happy with the next group that gets voted in either.
5/29/2012 9:14:07 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
How about a tax cut for pensioners and the disabled?
5/29/2012 11:34:40 AM
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