Amherstburg to Pursue Cost Savings within the Town

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Amherstburg is going after grant funding to help find cost savings within the town.

Council has asked for $200,000 through the province's Municipal Modernization Program to begin a service delivery review.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says the consultant would look for efficiencies and opportunities for shared services with other municipalities.

He says most local municipalities are running a pretty tight budget already.

"We're not big cities with billion dollar budgets. So it's pretty tight and in order to find efficiencies you usually have to look at things like shared services. We've already done it across the region. We've got shared EMS, social services, you just go on and on."

DiCarlo says the town recently took a big step to save money and it's worked out quite well.

"As far as policing goes, I think that has shown that there is going to be savings and our service levels are still great. So that's good. The process began and now, if anything, this is probably just a continuation."

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Amherstburg mayor Aldo DiCarlo seen after a council meeting on November 25, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

He says shared services don't mean the town would lose its identity.

"I was obviously a supporter of the police switch. I was always as concerned about that as everyone else, thus the Amherstburg logo is still on the cars. You don't want to lose your identity as a municipality, especially when you're one of the oldest. We started a lot of things here and we want to remain Amherstburg."

Under the Municipal Modernization Program, the province has made $125-million available to help small municipalities conduct service delivery reviews.

If Amherstburg secures funding, the review must be completed by June 30, 2020.