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 Overstaffing at City Hall

is costing taxpayers $5.8 million per year relative to Strathroy
(that represents 17.6% of this year's tax levy)
   

Comparison Not Including Protective Services

  Salaries & Benefits Number Earning > $100,000 Number of Managers
  Owen Sound   $13,025,279

19

29
  Strathroy    $7,245,246

9

15
  Over Staffing   $5,780,033

10

14

    

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See How Property Taxes are Aggravating the Housing Crises


Housing and Taxes Part I           Housing and Taxes Part II

   

Budget

The Excessive Payroll Problem
 

Salaries and Benefits Expense for Similarly Sized Municipalities

 

Managers with Salaries Greater Than $100,000  

 

Estimated Number of Managers

 

Summary

1. Owen Soundís workforce has grown well beyond that employed by other, similarly sized, municipalities and has been excessively high for many years.

2. The management team is, at a minimum, carrying 6-9 managers more than needed in comparison with other similarly sized municipalities.

3. The Owen Sound City Hall Payroll is at a minimum $4 million more than it should be which is costing each and every taxpayer $2,000 to $3,000 more in property taxes than other similarly sized municipalities.

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There is no doubt the author of this, and other, very important material has a comprehensive background and the ability to express not only problems...... but also solutions that need to be considered by Owen Sound Council. This is a crucial time for our elected officials to at least allow the author to make a personal presentation to Council so there can be no defensible reasons for not being aware of the facts.  
Ken Jones

I think your advice on staff reductions is right on. City staff have grown well beyond what is needed to run a city of our size. Do you think they have the courage to address this issue? If they don't we will continue to have chronic problems at city hall.  
Helen Bronson

73 employees making over 100.000 a year in a town of 21.000....thats disgusting!!...no wonder Owen Sound taxes are so high.....this needs to be investigated at once. ..there is a real clique at city hall...time Owen Sound taxpayers got relief from unbelievable property taxes....Way past time for city manager to set this unjustice straight...get on it!!  
Ken Baker

Always said . City hall was way overstuffed....with more managers than surrounding towns our size.....size... another way to save the taxpayers money is by having a mixture of volunteers and full time fire men.. a composite fire department....Owen Sound is one of the last small towns in Canada to have all full time firemen....Seems to be a sacred cow here in this town to make the change..  
KenBaker

I read your previous post on exactly what council did in approving the budget. First it was good to see staff presented a budget with a very small increase. However it was extremely disappointing that our elected representatives did not pair this down even more to give us a small tax reduction. Instead our trusted elected representatives actually increased spending to add to the increase. Then the mayor had the audacity to brag about what a good job they did. What good job? They added to the increase - that's not good!  
John Britten

I recall last year our council gave the transit a $500,000 budget increase that it turned out they didnít need because the contract came in much lower than anticipated. Was that where the budget reductions came from to enable the tax increase of less than 1%? If so this was really an illusion or slight of hand so stand by for a big tax increase next year.  
Helen Bronson


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