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Web Site Updates
07-22-2016 - Bryan Lambert on "Week in Review" on CTA registering as intervenor
07-20-2016 - Added 2015 FIR
07-20-2016 - CTA intevenes in electricity rate increase
07-08-2016 - First Half 2016 Town Spending
06-21-2016 - Added Cobourg 2015 Financial Reports
06-21-2016 - Added 2015 Cobourg Financial Statements
06-21-2016 - Added Cobourg Water System Financial Plan 2016 - 2021
06-14-2016 - Council used common sense and rejected this expenditure
06-10-2016 - CTA Urges Council to Reject Hiring Consultant
05-30-2016 - Support for Don Morrison's letter on CIVIC
05-28-2016 - Friends of the Park Theatre: The Other Side of the Story
05-26-2016 - Initiative Saves Taxpayers $10,000
05-12-2016 - News Release on CTA call for By-election
05-12-2016 - CTA Calls for By-Election with Letter to Council
05-04-2016 - Added to Links Cramahe Community Association
05-04-2016 - Added to Resources c 29 Fair Municipal Finance Act 1997 (No. 2)
05-03-2016 - Added Mayor's response to Mfg Attraction Specialist
05-03-2016 - Added Letter to the Editor Northumberland News
04-29-2016 - Added News Release on Skateboard Park
04-26-2016 - Added Budget Protest Rally & Photos
04-22-2016 - Added 2015 Sunshine List to Resources
04-20-2106 - Added Budget Protest Rally news release
04-12-2016 - Follow up questions to the Mayor on Mfg Attraction Specialist
04-06-2016 - Added Mayor's response to Mfg Attraction Specialist
04-01-2016 - Added News Release on Property Tax Increase
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Cobourg Taxpayers Association
24 Pebble Beach Dr.
Cobourg ON K9A 2C5
Update: Bryan Lambert was on "Week in Review" discussing CTA registering as an intervenor. Podcast of the broadcast below at end of article
In June, the Cobourg Taxpayers Association (CTA) applied to be a designated intervenor in the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) hearings with regards to Lakefront Utilities seeking approval for changes to the rates charged for electricity distribution, to be effective January 1, 2017. Lakefront Utilities Inc. (Lakefront Utilities) filed a complete cost of service application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on April 29, 2016 under section 78 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 15, (Schedule B), seeking approval for changes to the rates that Lakefront Utilities charges for electricity distribution, effective January 1, 2017.
A Notice of Hearing (Notice) was issued on June 6, 2016. Each of the CTA, Energy Probe Research Foundation (Energy Probe) and the Vulnerable Energy Consumers Coalition (VECC) applied for intervenor status.
The CTA, Energy Probe and VECC were approved as intervenors.
Intervenors are interested groups or individuals who participate actively in the proceeding either by submitting evidence, arguments or interrogatories (written questions) or by cross-examining a witness or witnesses at an oral hearing. These provide a forum for individuals or groups of individuals who may be affected by the Board's rulings to express their views to the Board and to participate meaningfully in the Board's decision-making process.
This effort will help us to remove the shroud of secrecy from Holdco’s dealings.
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Since, we are now halfway through the year, it is important that the citizens of Cobourg know the current status of the town’s budget; i.e. are we on track, over or under budget for each department? If we are over, what steps are being taken to make adjustments for the remainder of the year? A letter was sent to the Deputy Mayor, John Henderson, copying Council, asking for information on:
- What new, non-budgeted, items have been identified and what spending can be reduced in other areas to offset this new spending?
- What are the actual savings to date for identified reductions?
- What is the spending forecast for the remainder of the year?
The full text of the letter can be found here.
How to Effect Change
Many of us have been confused as to what route to take when we have a question or concern.
The CTA has been advised by Ian Davey, that if a citizen has a question/concern, they should goto the Councillor who is responsible for that area. If the Councillor cannot help/ does not know the answer, the Councillor will direct the citizen to the appropriate town staff.
In order to assist you with this process, we have attached a document outlining the areas of responsibility for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and each Councillor.
We hope this useful tool will help you to get answers and to make your voice heard.
For more information, see the Cobourg Town web site.
Cobourg Internet has an excellent list of Cobourg Committes that can be accessed here.