On Thursday, October 5th, 2017 Dr. Timothy Cobban and Dr. Zachary Spicer from Andrew Sancton Consulting presented their interim report on the District of Muskoka council composition and size. The composition of district council has not changed since 1982 and the Provincial government has passed legislation stating the need to review upper tier council's composition by representation by population.
To change the District council composition, a resolution must be passed requesting the change from the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The request must then be posted for a period of 45 days. Comments that are received during the waiting period are then reviewed and if the request is approved, a public meeting must then be held. A request to alter District Council composition must pass with a “triple majority”. To obtain a triple majority, there must be a majority vote at the District level, followed by a majority vote to support the change at the municipal level and lastly, the municipalities voting for it must have the majority of electors. In simplified terms, in the District of Muskoka any changes to council composition must be supported by four of the six municipalities.
The report and presentation was an assessment of council with five options, although not exhaustive options.
The presenters then explained that they had been speaking to several of the councillors and would be presenting their final report at the District Council meeting on October 16, 2017. They then took questions from members of the public who raised comments regarding:
There was a consensus that the report was well done. The entire Interim Report can be found here - District Composition - Interim Report.and the presentation made to Council at - District Composition - Presentation
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