The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has issued a letter to Mayor Christian Provenzano, members of council, the CFO and CAO, containing a number of recommendations that it feels, if adopted, will be of tremendous benefit to the City of Sault Ste. Marie as it deals with ongoing municipal budgetary challenges.
The SSMCOC will be refraining from commenting directly on the 2019 Municipal Budget prior to final deliberations in early February. In the months ahead they hope to participate more fully and work together to fully realize the potential of the City.
The Chamber wishes to participate in the city’s current Municipal Budget input process by informing City Council and SSM senior officials about key recommendations related to municipalities, inclusive of Sault Ste. Marie, which the Ontario Chamber of Commerce provided in its 2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario government.
In the letter, the SSMCOC outlines a number of key recommendations, related to municipalities, inclusive of Sault Ste. Marie, which the OCC provided in its 2019 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission.
Some of these recommendations include:
- Enhanced fiscal capacity for municipalities
- Gradually increasing the Heads and Beds Levy on institutions
- Fixing the interest arbitration system for fire and police services.
- Working toward restored passenger rail in Northern Ontario
- Direct business support to where it is needed most
SSMCOC participated in the development of the OCC recommendations to the province as a non-partisan body representing 41 per cent of the workforce in the Sault. The OCC represents over 60,000 businesses, employing over 2 million people province-wide.
The Chamber hopes that City of Sault Ste. Marie, City Councillors and senior officials will add their voice of support to these important recommendations – recommendations which SSMCOC and OCC are working hard to ensure are adopted by the Ontario government in its upcoming provincial budget.
The full letter can be found here.