Saturday , 3 June 2023
Home News Hamilton Councillors’ office budgets get a boost on third try

Hamilton Councillors’ office budgets get a boost on third try

Hamilton Council has Ok’d a proposal by Waterdown Councillor Ted McMeekin who wants to donate Waterdown’s share of OLG proceeds from Flamborough Racetrack to  supplement Council office budgets. He is proposing that $260,000 from the Flamborough Capital Reserve Fund be divvied up between the 15 wards—which would work out to approximately $17,000 per ward, if the councillor is interested in accepting the funds.

The proposal was third time lucky after being shot down twice earlier. Last fall Councillor Cameron Kroetsch, who initially sponsored a motion to increase the ward budgets by $75,000, then dropped it to the $40,000 that was voted down last month.

McMeekin’s motion says councillors’ budgets have “been inadequate to meet the growing demands for ongoing discussion, communication, research, consultation, engagement, citizen empowerment and community building; (and) “the workload of Councillors and their staff has expanded in ways that can limit their ability to serve Hamiltonians effectively.”

The motion also calls on Hamilton’s City Manager and Executive Director of Human Resources “to undertake a comprehensive review of the appropriate ongoing financing and staffing levels related to Ward Office Budgets and report back to General Issues Committee prior to its consideration of the 2024 operating budget.” This time the proposal passed by a wide margin.

%s Comment

  • I would like to see the total cost of HSR move to alignment with Hamiltons LRT.Lets show all the facts.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles


“Gold-rush” mentality by property owners on LRT route endangering renters

The Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton warned the Hamilton LRT...


Killer Paul Bernardo transferred to a Quebec medium-security prison

Serial murderer and rapist Paul Bernardo has been moved from Millhaven Penitentiary...


Oakville teen who uses a scooter missing

The Halton Regional Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in...


LRT meeting yields little news, no answers on displaced tenants

Hamilton LRT subcommittee meetings, when they happen, continue to follow the pattern...