New Mandated Services for the Regional Service Commissions
Regional service commissions were created a decade ago at great cost but have failed to deliver , so the government has mandated new services for them. The government has also put limits on opting out. The new Fundy Rural District will be serviced by the Fundy Regional Service commission in 2023.
The commissions will now be tasked with economic development, tourism promotion, regional transportation and the cost-sharing of recreational infrastructure such as arenas ( whether built or not). The region's property owners will pay the increased costs.
Daniel Allain, the minister of local governance reform, ordered these changes with little or no input from citizens and contrary to expert opinion on amalgamations. The right of locals to vote was abolished
In addition, the Fundy Regional Service commission will now be responsible for public safety committees to oversee policing and fire services. The Fundy Regional Service commission will also be paying for homelessness, mental health and poverty reduction services.
Communities within the regions will not be able to opt out of the "mandated" services that the commissions must provide, and will pay for them with increases in property tax.
The Fundy Rural District will be represented at the commission by one elected member who will engage with 6 mayors to protect our rural community. The election took place on November 28th 2022.
A new voting formula will require support from members representing a simple majority of the population. Larger municipalities will dominate smaller ones. The government dictated a budget to the Regional Service Commission and forced it to contract with a company to provide services not needed by the Fundy Rural District. Significant budget expenditures are the first sign of the increase in costs and has yet to show on your property tax bill.
For questions and comments please contact me , Ray Riddell , at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bill Oliver your MLA directly with your thoughts.
Bill Oliver your MLA
Mainline Phone(506) 738-6586
Fax Phone(506) 738-6461
General Email Bill.Oliver@gnb.ca
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