Mayoral candidate will hold property tax increases to between 2% and 2.5% for 2023 and 2024, and launch the first strategic review of spending to be conducted in nearly twenty years
Ottawa, Ontario - Today, Mayoral candidate Mark Sutcliffe released his plan to make life in Ottawa more affordable for everyone, by keeping taxes low, lowering recreation fees and freezing fares, investing in critical services and launching a comprehensive strategic review to find efficiencies at City Hall.
“Many residents I’ve spoken to are very concerned about the rising cost of food and other essentials,” said Sutcliffe. “Home ownership is becoming out of reach for many people. Rents are rising. The approach that we have seen over the last twenty years at City Hall will not work. My plan delivers change and a fresh approach to controlling spending, delivering value to citizens, addressing long-standing problems that the current Council has ignored, and keeping taxes low.”
Central to Sutcliffe’s financial framework is a commitment to limit the property tax increase to between 2 per cent and 2.5 per cent for the next two years, and a commitment to introduce no new taxes for the next four years. Other key components of the affordability plan include:
Launching a strategic review of all city spending, which has not been conducted since the early 2000s.
Reducing recreation fees for children and families by 10%.
Freezing transit fares for 2023.
Sutcliffe also noted that residents throughout the city must be able to count on more reliable municipal services, including emergency and social services. The investments in Sutcliffe’s financial framework include:
$5 million in annual funding for community service agencies, with a focus on those offering mental health and substance use disorder programs to our most vulnerable citizens.
$25 million in new operating and capital annual funding to improve the quality and safety of our roads, including repair and maintenance, better ice and snow clearing, and fixing sidewalk and cycling paths that have fallen into disrepair with potholes and cracks.
$3 million to freeze transit fees while a review of the service is being undertaken.
$2 million annually to reduce recreation fees for children and youth by 10 per cent.
$1.2 million annually for traffic calming for safe streets, sidewalks and bike lanes, to be allocated by city councillors.
Sutcliffe also underscored the importance of strong fiscal leadership at City Hall.
“Fiscal discipline isn’t just something I’m talking about now that I’m running for Mayor. It’s something I’ve practiced my whole life,” noted Sutcliffe. “As a small business owner, executive, and leader of non-profit organizations, I’ve been managing budgets and practicing financial management my entire career. I will bring that experience to City Hall to make life more affordable for everyone.”
Full details about Sutcliffe’s financial plan and priorities can be found at www.marksutcliffe.ca/affordability
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