South Dundas - March 19, 2015 - Do we, we as in taxpayers, need to fund tourism
promotion in Cornwall and SDG? Are we now at the time that groups,
like Cornwall and the Counties Tourism need to fund themselves and not
rely on tax money to survive?
The need for financial restraint at the municipal level is clear. Core
services are costing more and in the cases of Police, EMS, and
Insurance, the municipality is unable to control the increases being
sought. Core services are just that, core. The really important things
that all residents of the municipality really need. Municipal
governments, no matter where they are located, need to focus on
providing the core services, everything else is just extra, in
diminishing priority based on the number of people in the municipality
In the case of Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, why should
non-tourism-based businesses in Cornwall and SD&G have their taxation
fund promotion for tourism-based businesses? That does not seem fair.
When you are using tax money, everyone should be represented equally.
Any service or funding provided should benefit the entire tax base.
That means that either all businesses should be promoted, or none.
Tourism promotion should be funded by those businesses and attractions
which are the beneficiary of said promotion. As many of these
businesses and attractions promote themselves already, paying into a
promotion fund like Cornwall & the Counties Tourism, should be
strictly voluntary. Government-owned tourist attractions should pay
towards this promotion on a case-by-case basis only.
This funding model should apply to any niche group, in any
municipality; from the arts, culture, tourism, agriculture, etc.
Unless the mandate of the group covers the entire municipality, there
should be no taxpayer funding or subsidy.
In the case of Cornwall and the Counties Tourism, yes funding should
be cut by $50,000 this year from the City of Cornwall. Next year,
funding from the United Counties of SD&G and from the City of Cornwall
should be planned for a phase-out over a one or two year period while
they look for a new funding mechanism. Taxpayers cannot afford this,
and municipal politicians should just focus on the core services and
initiatives that serve the entire municipality they represent.