Brockton Councillor Chris Peabody has had his fill of provincially mandated jobs forced upon municipalities.
He says over the years the Province continues to create mandatory positions that municipalities must implement and fund.
Peabody cites the Emergency Measures Coordinator, the Health and Safety Officer, the GIS person as well as the newest job an Integrity Commissioner as proof of this.
He says enough is enough as municipalities cannot keep up with the costs of all of these provincially mandated jobs.
Bill 148 is another example of the Province mandating costly initiatives to municipalities.
If passed, Peabody says, it will mean a huge increase in costs for volunteer fire departments, specifically on call pay for firefighters.
Peabody says the Province continues to come up with these brilliant ideas and adds this has to stop before the Province ends up bankrupting municipalities.
As such he is encouraging municipalities across the Province to ban together to say no more.
As a show of protest, Peabody plans to vote against the upcoming bylaw regarding Brockton’s new Integrity Commissioner at the upcoming Council Meeting.
For Peabody, it is time to draw a line in the sand.