KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes Council has decided to reduce the size of Council, from the original 16 Councillors down to eight.
The decision was made at a meeting, held on Tuesday, Oct. 18th, after the City undertook a Ward Boundary and Size of Council Review, this year.
At the meeting, Councillors were shown the results of a survey by the City, which found 74 per cent of its respondents were in favour of a reduction in Councillors, and only 20 per cent wanted to keep the current number of councillors.
In the survey, the 314 residents polled, were also asked how many councillors per ward they wanted to represent them. The majority wanted a maximum of one or two.
Kawartha Council is expecting a report to come back in January, looking at the options for a four ward or eight ward system.
“This decision shows that Council is serious about changing the way we do business. We are transitioning from the system, established with the creation of the municipality, to a more focused way of servicing residents,” said Mayor Andy Letham, in a press release. “ To govern is to make decisions, and I’m excited that we have taken a big progressive step forward.
The changes will take effect at the next municipal election, in 2018.
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