Jan 29th, 2010
BARRIE – Next year, senior Barrie staff will have to be more honest and transparent in crafting the budget, a new council directive says.As city staff presented a $424-million budget that abided by a council instruction to keep the tax increase to 2.4 per cent, they had assured council there we...
Nov 5th, 2009
By Laurie Watt Barrie AdvanceBarrie can’t afford to base its water and sewer rates on a system that encourages conservation, city staff say.After more than an hour of debate in general committee Monday and an array of motions that sunk, councillors finally agreed to a policy that enables the city to ...
Oct 12th, 2009
By Laurie Watt, Barrie Advance Oct 06, 2009City staff will have to find another way to think creatively.Barrie councillors turned down a staff idea 10-1 to spend another $300,000 American on a consultant to help city staff think outside the box.This spring, the city sole-sourced $150,000 US on a cont...
Oct 5th, 2009
By Laurie Watt Barrie Advance Oct 01, 2009A Barrie finance committee recommendation to spend a further $300,000 US on a specialized consultant highlights a problem at City Hall no one has ever discussed publicly, says Ward 8 Coun. Jerry Moore.City Hall has been slow to adopt private-sector management...
Oct 4th, 2009
Barrie Examiner Oct. 3, 2008 A common complaint to politicians from their constituents is ‘you don’t listen’ to me, to us, our group, etc.).Simcoe County councillors certainly heard this during the Site 41 debate.They heard it so often they did respond and killed county councilR...