Chris Mackie, MIRANET spoke to matters involving the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) funding, the GTAA PILT, MiWay and Recreation fees. Mr. Mackie inquired about how the Port Credit Marina would be funded, since the ICIP application was denied and further inquired about the Marina’s construction agreement with Canada Lands Company. Paul Mitcham, City Manager and CAO responded by noting currently there is no funding planned for the proposed Marina and that the City is planning to establish a task team to review unfunded capital in anticipation for the 2022 budget, to create a funding strategy and to determine the funding merit of those projects. Mr. Mitcham further responded noting the construction lease expires in 2023 and was unable to get received approval on an environmental assessment in order to commence construction on time. Mayor Bonnie Crombie noted that the ICIP funding is a provincial decision and suggested contacting your MP and MPPs.
Mr. Mackie inquired about the significance of the unbudgeted pressure from COVID on the annual budget regarding the GTAA PILT’s shortfall and whether the 5% gap will be cancelled. Gary Kent, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer and Mayor Bonnie Crombie responded by noting the significance has shown a tax increase in 2022 budget and that the cancellation of 5% gap is pending.
Mr. Mackie inquired about MiWay service changes, operating costs and presto. Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works responded by noting that service adjustments to MiWay have been made, however have had very low customer service impacts. Mr. Wright further responded by noting the reduction in operating costs due to decreasing ridership has generated additional efficiencies. Mr. Wright noted that the Presto machines will not be relocating to the rear of the buses, however this can be looked into an alternative in the future. Mr. Wright noted that the Metrolinx Presto fee to administer the Presto Fare System is 6% of revenues.
Mr. Mackie inquired about why an increase to the Recreation Fees and Rentals when the facilities are currently being underutilized due to the pandemic. Shari Lichterman, Commissioner of Community Services responded by noting the increases are small in amounts, however add up to a 3% increase overall that could help offset the tax increase and annual budget.