OBJ Staff, Published on September 19, 2014
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was elected in 2010 on a promise to keep tax increases to 2.5 per cent, and on Friday he said he wants to better that number if he’s re-elected in October.Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
Mr. Watson said he will limit any increases to two per cent a year. The 2014 increase came in below that at 1.9 per cent.
“We need to stay the course by maintaining a moderate tax cap that will allow the City of Ottawa to continue to make progress on community priorities,” Mr. Watson said in a statement. “We can either pay now or pay much more later.”
Mr. Watson said he will challenge city staff to review all municipal properties to ensure they are providing full value, and is calling for a city-wide strategy on energy retrofits.
The mayor also promised to strengthen accountability by making the audit subcommittee a full standing committee of city council.
“I would like to see City Council receive more frequent updates on the important work of the Auditor General, so we can continue to improve the way City Hall operates,” Mr. Watson said.
Source: The Ottawa Business Journal Sept 19 2014