During the 2018 municipal election campaign, I called for the establishment of a Core Services Review to ensure that the Town of Milton’s resources were focused on the most important municipal services and, further, that those services were delivered to local taxpayers in the most productive and cost-effective way.
Approved by Milton Council as part of the 2019 Capital Budget, the first phase of the review was completed in August 2019 and identified about $650,000 in savings as well as service delivery improvements. Unfortunately, most of those savings, found in Community Services and Operations Division, will not be realized until 2021 at the earliest. The second phase of the review will take place this year.
As I indicated during the election campaign, it is vital that all Town services are affordable, excellent and relevant. I believe a review should take place every four years and should be co-ordinated with long-term budgeting and planning, including infrastructure investment and residential/commercial growth.
While a number of municipal services are delivered well in our community, the Core Services Review has the capacity to determine if any services could be delivered better and more economically, while enunciating how they mesh with the long-term plans for the community. CR