A second candidate’s rebuttal

Mario Coculuzzi

Since Councillor Edwards thinks he is the only candidate that has access to the facts, please allow me to question his facts.

The NHS portion of the COP was written and agreed to in September of 2014. It was written with the help of the Conservation Authority, Field Naturalists, the Town’s Planner and Staff. It allowed for ALL of Mississippi Mills to be declared a Natural Heritage System. And while, yes, he personally did not stand before the 400+ residents and state he was unaware or surprised how far it went since he was not in attendance, The other incumbents were, and did distance themselves from the report.

If it wasn’t for the 3 information sessions put on by PRATAC alerting residents and landowners what the NHS really entailed, it would most likely have been passed.

So, sorry Mr. Edwards, but NO it wasn’t Council that decided on the minimum Provincial Standard for the NHS, but instead it was the citizens that demanded it.

What about the Long Term Debt. The fact is, the Long Term Financial Plan, which guaranteed 7% tax increases for 5 years and another 5% in 2018 and continued 2.5% through to 2030 was supposed to be to fix and repair bridges, roads, vehicles, etc, but as usual when anyone gets a hold of a cash cow, priorities go out the window. With all the tax revenue received over the years, and proper budgeting and planning all 15 bridges  (and not just 8) should have been repaired. And let’s not forget, Bridge 7B was NOT going to be replaced (let alone made wide enough for the new Farming machinery) if Council had their way. Also, The waste water treatment plant is paid for with our water bills, so don’t include the Long Term Debt to cover that.

As for the severances, I don’t know enough about it except that a good portion of the lands that have been severed are being held onto by families looking to downsize when they retire. At least that is what I have been told. Maybe he knows something different.

I do agree with Mr. Edwards, however, when he states “The whole community benefits from fully informed discussions, where truth is upheld”. So it behooves the Councillor and the other incumbents to tell the “FULL” story of their decisions and not just half truths!