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Web Site Updates
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
03-30-2016 - Added Zero Tax Increase Possible
03-26-2016 - Added Mfg Attraction Specialist email to the Mayor
03-21-2016 - Added Ken Strauss on CIVIC Proposal on 89.7 FM
03-21-2016 - Added Zero Tax Increase press release
03-14-2016 - Added CIVIC press release
02-24-2016 - Added NMAI Press release
01.30.2016 - CTA January 2016 Newsletter
01.29.2016 - Added Proposal for Changes to Marina Policies
01.25.2016 - Added news release on 2015 Cobourg Council Report Card
The CTA is completely volunteer run with no paid staff, no funding from government or special interests. Donations will be used to pay for Freedom of Information requests, our website and other expenses to help everyone enjoy our Feel Good Town with less government waste and lower taxes.
We appreciate cheques as they avoid the 2.9% Paypal service charge. They can be sent to:
Cobourg Taxpayers Association
24 Pebble Beach Dr.
Cobourg ON K9A 2C5
Don Morrison sent a detailed letter to the Town outlining many concerns about the CIVIC proposal. His letter documented thorough and detailed observations on why Council should NOT adopt the CIVIC plan. The CTA agrees with Mr. Morrison and has sent a letter of support to the Mayor and Council.
Additional information on CIVIC is also posted at Cobourg Internet and can be viewed here.
Bryan Lambert and Rocky Varcoe, owner of the Park Theatre, were John Hill's guests on Week in Review on 89.7 FM to discuss the latest proposal from the "Friends of the Park Theatre".
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The CTA would like to thank Ian Davey, Cobourg Treasurer and Sally Leblanc, Supervisor of Public Buildings for their initiative and extra hard work to save taxpayers $10,000 in replacing the Victoria Hall chiller tower platform. Initially there was only one bid of about $40,000 but Ian was not willing to accept the excessive amount quoted. He worked with Sally Leblanc to find a local vendor who was able to design and fabricate a railing system for $30,000. We acknowledge and celebrate their resourceful thinking. Way to go!!!
Cobourg’s youth should not bear consequences of poor maintenance
Cobourg’s youth should not have to go without a skateboard park because of poor planning and maintenance by town staff says the Cobourg Taxpayers Association (CTA).
“Our youth deserve better than to be permanently locked out of their current skateboard park and told to wait years for a new one to be built”, said CTA President Lydia Smith.
Smith said that skateboarding is one of our youth’s favorite enjoyments and to close the park days after passing a bylaw prohibiting skateboarding on Town streets is insensitive to their needs.
According to one skateboarder interviewed by a CTA supporter, “The ramps have been this way for at least 5 years. Why have they become 'unsafe’ all of a sudden?”
According to Parks Manager Teresa Behan, each of Cobourg’s parks is inspected monthly by a certified playground inspector. If the deteriorating situation has been known for years, why was corrective action not taken in time to avoid decommissioning the existing facility with no alternative in place?
Smith said that this is an example of how important community needs get overlooked until it is impossible to ignore the problem any longer.
The CTA urges Council to find a way to make the necessary repairs now and not to abandon our youth.
If the solution requires diverting funds from new projects approved in the 2016 Budget, then please do so without further delay. Budgeting priorities should be focused on maintaining and supporting our current assets and not on new discretionary spending projects.
“A year and a half, likely even longer, is an eternity for youth. Their energy will need some outlet and they should not suffer the consequences of poor maintenance and scheduling by the Town”, said Smith.
Smith called on Town residents to support the skateboarders by contacting Council.
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.