municipal amalgamation

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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.