is to stimulate discussion about our municipal governance with the goal of having an independent review of the governance structure of Muskoka.
Currently our Municipal politicians do not feel that a review of governance is a vital issue yet reports indicate annual savings in the millions of dollars.
Our current two tier government was designed from the Paterson report, which was written in 1969. Innovations have modernized our world, but our 40 year old governance model remains the same.
It is time for a review to determine if a more efficient form of municipal government is needed. This forum has been assembled to help share information and opinions with the hopes that you will take this matter up with your elected officials, to put this issue on top of their agenda.
The One Muskoka Team is committed to the following broad precepts:
The governance structure of Muskoka’s municipal government must be fully reviewed as it has not changed significantly in 41 years.
Any review of Muskoka’s municipal governance must be independent, allowing for political input but free of any preconceived political restraints.
One Muskoka’s preference is for the creation of a goverance model that delivers service with fair representation and operates with efficient effectiveness
A new governance structure must:
- be for the common good of Muskoka
- reduce duplication and overlap among Muskoka’s seven existing municipal governments
- be designed with maximum efficiencies and lower costs while delivering high quality service
- be accessible, accountable and representative of the population it serves
- be streamlined and simplified
- have the ability to attract and retain highly qualified staff
- commit to creating a single Muskoka mindset while ensuring all parts are treated equally and fairly
Dear Councillors, Mayors and District Chairman, One Muskoka has been promoting the idea of an independent review of Muskoka’s municipal governance. Having closely examined past attempts at restructuring since the late 1970s we have concluded that despite strong support from ratepayers groups, cottage associations and the general public, Muskoka’s municipal politicians rejected significant change. As […]
1969 Paterson Report – This report provided the basis for Regional, Two Tier Governance – (366 pages) Click to Download this report here FREE! (zip compressed pdf file) Click to Download the PDF Report uncompressed
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