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Correspondence Agenda - 2020/05/21 The Corporation of the Township of Malahide CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA May 21, 2020 7:30 p.m. (F) Correspondence: 1. Association of Municipalities of Ontario - Watch File dated May 7 and 14, 2020. (Pages C2 - 7) 2. Town of Midland and Township of Montague Resolution requesting Federal Government to provide grant funding to Municipalities in order to waive property taxes for the year 2020. (Federation of Canadian Municipalities information relating to urgent request for emergency operating funding for municipalities using new hybrid formula modelled on Federal Gas Tax Fund and ridership-based allocations for municipalities that operate transit systems.) (Pages C8 - 26) 3. Township of North Frontenac Resolution requesting Province to consider lifting the prohibition on residential construction where no building permit had been issued prior to April 4, 2020, in all instances where construction can f(Pages C27 - 28) 4. Municipality of Central Elgin Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-law Amendment relating to the property at 116 Coulter Avenue. (Page C29) 575 Dominion Avenue Midland, ON L4R 1R2 Phone: 705-526-4275 TheCorporation of the Town of Midland Fax: 705-526-9971 www.midland.ca March 23, 2020 By Fax to: 613.941.6900 & Twitter @CanadianPM, @JustinTrudeau The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada Langevin Block, Ottawa, Ontario,K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: Re:Direct Payment of Federal Funds to Municipalities to Waive Property Taxes for the Year 2020-Financial help to alleviate the suffering from COVID-19 Pandemic It is trite to repeat the human and financial toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Similarly, the commitment of the federal, provincial and municipal governmentstowardalleviating the suffering of Canadians does not require repeating. We, at the Town of Midland, in the Province of Ontario, are proposing what we believe to be a simple but effective solution to facilitate the delivery of our common and shared commitment tothe financial and psychological well-being of all Canadians. Proposal: 1.Residential Properties(primary residence only) a.Waive 100% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed at or below $ 500,000.00 by eachgoverning provincial property assessment body;and b.Waive 50% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed below $ 1,000,000.00; and c.Waive 25% of the 2020 property taxes for all residential properties currently assessed above $1,000,000,00. 2.Industrial,Commercial and Farm Properties a.Waive 100% of the 2020 property taxes for all;industrial,commercialandfarm properties currently assessed at under $ 10,000,000.00; and b.Waive 50% of the property taxes for the year2020 for all industrial, commercial and farm properties currently assessed between $10,000,000.00 and $ 50,000,000.00; and c.Waive 25% of the property taxes for the year 2020 for all industrial, commercial and farm properties assessed above $50,000,000.00. Direct Payment of Federal Funds to Municipalities to Waive Property TaxesMarch 23, 2020 3.Federal Transfer Payment to Canadian Municipalities a.Inlieu oftheannual municipal property taxes,the Federal Government transfers funds to municipalities across Canada,asa one-time grant. Advantages of the Proposal: 1.Quick and timely relief; 2.Direct relief to allCanadian homeownersand the business community; 3.Directly protects Canadians who although may be solvent, are unable to easily meet the financialpressures beyond their personal capacity due to COVID-19; 4.Noadditional resources required to assessindividual need and delivery of the relief; 5.Negligible overhead costs for the disbursement of the relief. In fact, it may cut-down on some of the work for municipal staff; and 6.The financial stimulus received from thefederal government will come into circulation immediately and will stay in the community. There are a multitude of other direct and indirect financial and non-financial benefits that will result from the implementation of this proposal. The biggest non-financial impact is that Canadians willsee an immediate financial relief respecting the pressures to make theirproperty tax payments and be better positioned to address other essential needs. In turn, removing this added stress will provide some relief tothealready strained financial and health systems. Asyou are aware, Canadians are entering this time of crisis with a very high amount of house-hold debt and a great deal of financial fragility. Taking this simplestep should alleviate some of those pressures. At the same time,it will keep your municipal governments, and school boardsprimed for continued productivityand forward momentumto address the fallout from COVID-19. Thanking you in anticipation of a favourableresponse. Sincerely, TheCorporation of the Town of Midland Stewart StrathearnAmanpreet Singh Sidhu Mayor ChiefAdministrativeOfficer sstrathearn@midland.caasidhu@midland.ca c:Town of Midland Council Associationof Municipalities of Ontario Province of Ontario Page 2of 2