A few months after the municipal election, the inaugural meeting of the Halton Regional Council took place on December 5th to officially kick off the 2018-2022 term.
Prior to the meeting, the regional councillors and chair were sworn into office, followed by opening remarks by Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. Serving in his fourth term, Mr. Carr congratulated the councillors on their election and reiterated the region’s strong foundation, “97% of residents are satisfied with the quality of Regional services and 98% rate their quality of life as very high.” said Mr. Carr. “I am confident that we will build on the Region’s past achievements and keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for years to come.” He continued by highlighting some of the region’s latest investments and initiatives, including: maintaining the region’s credit rating; assisted housing opportunities; Community Safety and Well-being Plan; attracting business investments to create new jobs; and, maintaining property taxes at the inflation rate. There was significant attention to fiscal integrity for the new term. In particular, the Chair expressed concern for young people, seniors and businesses. Homes ownership will be unattainable for young people, and businesses won’t want to come to Halton if taxes are too high. According to Mr. Carr, keeping taxes at the rate of inflation is part of the strategic business plan. He also pointed out some issues raised by residents, including: traffic congestion, infrastructure, roads, growth and development. Mr. Carr was very confident that these concerns would be addressed within the new term.
There are a number of residents and stakeholders that are looking forward to supporting the returning and new councillors and mayors within the region. Azim Rizvee, Milton businessman and 2015 Federal Liberal candidate, continues to express his desire to work with all levels of government, “I have consistently worked with local and provincial partners to bridge the gap and unite for the common good of our community,” said Mr. Rizvee. “As we look ahead to the future, I am confident that I can work with the Halton Regional Council to support positive initiatives that will have an impact both now, and for generations to come.”
The boundaries for the Halton electoral district were redrawn by Elections Canada in 2014 and the new riding became “Milton”. Mr. Rizvee was nominated as Milton’s first Federal Liberal candidate in 2015 and he is one of two contestants campaigning for the 2019 LPC candidacy. The federal election is scheduled for October 21, 2019.
The inaugural Regional Council meeting concluded by a general review of the drafting process for the 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan. Videos of this meeting (as well as subsequent meetings) and related documentation are available for viewing online at: www.halton.ca