For years now there has been talk of Mississauga wanting to go it alone but this week there has been some action as well. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie’s bid to separate from Peel Region won the support of council, bringing it a step closer to separating from Peel Region.
But Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is opposing the separation saying if Mississauga were to stand on its own, it would have a “significant debt” to pay to fellow Peel municipality Brampton.
“Analysis shows we send $85mn to the region to fund the growth of other cities. This is not fair to residents and businesses,” Crombie tweeted Wednesday.
“Our money should go towards Mississauga priorities. We must be able to govern our affairs and set our vision without interference.”
The motion calls on the province to pass legislation to consider Mississauga a “single-tier” municipality — meaning it would be governed municipally and not be subject to a second layer of regional governance — and to maintain its current borders, saying the city is opposed to amalgamating with any other municipality.
If the province doesn’t grant single-tier status to the city, the motion says, Ontario should distinguish the roles of the different tiers to cut down on duplication.
Crombie’s motion cites “competing priorities” among member municipalities in Peel, which includes Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Mississauga, the motion says, is the Ontario’s third-largest city and the sixth largest in Canada.
Brampton’s Mayor Brown believes that Mississauga doesn’t have to ‘rip up the region to attain its goals.
Brown agrees that duplication of services is an area that should be dealt with in order to cut costs.
“Brampton for years has helped subsidize Mississauga’s infrastructure,” he said citing Mississauga’s water treatment centre and regional roads.
Crombie says that argument is “disingenuous,” pointing out Mississauga provides 59 per cent of funding to Peel but has just 50 per cent of the vote at regional council.
But Brampton and Mississauga do currently pool key services such as waste management.
If Mississauga opts to go it alone, Brown says, he’d like to see Brampton compensated for paying into that city’s growth.
Before finalizing its position, Mississauga will hold a community meeting in early April.
Residents would be more interested to know if going it alone would lead to lower property taxes.-CINEWS