municipal amalgamation

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Ford government backtracks on amalgamation—which is good news for municipal accountability

In many cases, municipal employee wages were harmonized upwards.

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Ford government should heed lessons of Harris amalgamation experiment

The review will spotlight two general areas—municipal governance and service delivery.

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At $1,944 per resident, Vancouver is the third highest spender regionwide.

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Fewer elected officials—not a good way for Toronto City Hall to save money

Toronto city councillors represent a minor fraction of city spending.

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Considering current amalgamation movements in Canada, there’s strong evidence that many do not yet grasp the importance of decentralization.

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Study after study has found that the benefits of municipal amalgamation have failed to materialize. Costs generally increase after amalgamation, largely due a harmonization of costs and wages, and increases in service-efficiency remain elusive.