The provincial government has started consultation with the regions and municipalities in Ontario with the possible goal to amalgamate the regions. For us in Halton Region, that could mean the amalgamation of Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills. A grass roots group in the Oakville area has started a campaign to stop this. The campaign is called “We Love Oakville, Stop Amalgamation”. The campaign is based on:
1) Studies have shown that costs rise after amalgamations with more expensive bureaucracies and higher property taxes.
2) Our current system and structure works well. Why try to fix something that isn’t broken? We already have affordable, efficient services from the town of Oakville and Halton Region as well as strong, effective representation.
3) Amalgamations don’t bring any benefits. Evidence from many studies show over and over that amalgamations don’t save money or improve services. In fact the opposite is true. Amalgamations bring years of service disruption, reduction and loss of local decision making.
For more information and to donate to the campaign, go to www.weloveoakville.org
An article in the Oakville Beaver has additional information. https://oakvillenews.org/we-love-oakville-stop-amalgamation/