Mayors Of Big Three Towns Push Back Against Supermajority Voting At District
The mayors of Muskoka’s three towns – Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst – have signed and sent a joint letter regarding the flaws of proposed supermajority voting at the District of Muskoka.
A reduction in both the number of District councillors and number of representatives from those three communities has been recently discussed by the Municipal Modernization Committee.
Some council members argued against supermajority. Read about the reasons here: https://muskokaradio.com/news/article/district-councilors-consider-supermajority-voting.
During the Bracebridge council meeting on Feb. 10, Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith said the letter was sent on behalf of himself, Gravenhurst Mayor Paul Kelly and Huntsville Mayor Karin Terziano.
According to Mayor Smith, the three mayors are concerned about the potential changes and their affect on the community at large, specifically regarding principles of appropriate representation according to size of the municipality.
Smith says “I think the concern from the three of us is that we have drifted away from those principles and we’re now just into decision making, seat of the pants style, without any measurement or justification against those principles.”
A final decision has not been made yet.
By Leila Nasr-Sharifi, special to HuntersBayRadio.com