Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association – Accomplishment List
- The MRA developed ‘MUSKOKA ETIQUETTE’ as a list of suggested behaviour to be a good neighbour and a responsible Muskokan. It reminds us of the importance of thoughtful behaviour to our fellow residents and to the environment. This list can be downloaded from our website and can be very helpful to new residents unfamiliar with Muskoka. We welcome your suggestions to this list. Please contact us.
- True to our mission as an advocacy group, the MRA acts in a watchdog capacity for good governance by attending open Council and Committee meetings (both Municipal and District) . Information gathered at these meetings is reviewed at our monthly board meetings. Township Watch Reports are e-mailed to our members and are made available through our website. In addition, the MRA covers local election issues and publishes unbiased report cards both pre and post elections.
- The MRA’s “All Candidates’ Meeting” was held at the Port Carling Community Centre shortly before the 2014 Municipal Election. Many compliments were received about the meeting, recognizing it as being very well run and unbiased. This meeting helped all residents understand some of the issues to make educated voting decisions. Our system of fielding questions from the floor was noted as being orderly and efficient.
- The MRA has stated our opinions to Council on many issues and has had influence on decisions made. Issues include… fair garbage taxation, restricted waterways by-law, the future of Muskoka`s resorts, budget issues and many other items affecting the ratepayers of The Township of Muskoka Lakes.
- The MRA provides ongoing valuable community communication.
- Our website offers reports on government and social issues (Township Watch, Muskoka Matters)
- Timely warnings about various natural dangers or other urgent issues (MRA ALERT),
- Human interest or community issue information (DID YOU KNOW ?).
- The MRA has played a key role in various environmental victories. To name a few:
- Great improvements in how the government monitors sewage lagoons and former dump sites.
- A dark sky by-law, limiting the types of outdoor lighting allowed in the Township.
- Instrumental in the creation of the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, the only park of this kind in Canada at that time.
- The protection of sensitive wetlands by getting incorrect residential zonings changed to EP1. (environmentally protected).
- Raised public awareness of the dangers of open water in the winter caused by by de-icing or “bubbler systems” This resulted in a new by-law for warning marking these winter danger areas.
- The Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association has awarded over $100.000.00 in annual bursaries to selected area students. This reflects the MRA’s commitment to encourage higher education of the Township’s young people.
The MRA needs your membership support to continue working for all property owners’ interests. Please join and be part of helping care for this wonderful, heritage rich area and strive to keep it just as beautiful for the next generations to enjoy.
The MRA is making a difference so join today!