A recent financial analysis report by Deloitte sparked immediate bickering and bad blood between the mayors of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
The Peel regional council made up of city councillors from those three lower-tier municipalities voted to release what Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie calls the ‘secret report’.
Mayor Crombie insists she was neither aware of nor agreed to, commissioning such a report in the first place. And its release is clear that it has provoked a sparring match between the Mayors of Brampton and Mississauga.
The reason why Mayor Crombie is against this report is its conclusion that the cheapest option for taxpayers was to maintain the status quo which translates into no separation of Mississauga.
The report also concluded that taxpayers would be on the hook for the cost of dissolution.
Part of the report also included a review of an earlier financial analysis by the City of Mississauga, claiming Mississauga subsidizes its regional counterparts to the tune of $85 million per year, and would be better off exiting the 45-year regional partnership.
Crombie wants out, and Brown doesn’t believe Mississauga can use regional funds through decades of growth and then just leave without paying up now that its Brampton and Caledon’s turn to grow.
It is clear that the path to Mississauga’s separation will be expensive and long-drawn. The battle lines are being drawn. -CINEWS