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Kawartha Lakes to reduce the size of Council

October 19, 2016 - KAWARTHA LAKES— Last night City of Kawartha Lakes Council voted to reduce the size of Council from the current sixteen Councillors to eight Councillors.

The decision was based on a Ward Boundary and Size of Council Review that was undertaken this year as part of the core services review. Public consultation was extensive, including an online survey, presentations at Town Hall meetings, a dedicated email account and outreach by Council. The majority of responses favoured a reduction in the size of council.
A report is coming forward by the end of January 2017 outlining boundary options for a four ward and eight ward system to represent the City’s population based on the Guiding Principles adopted by Council. Regardless of the number of wards, Council size will be limited to eight councillors and one mayor. “This decision shows that Council is serious about changing the way we do business.
We are transitioning from the system established with the creation of the municipality to a more focused way of servicing residents. To govern is to make decisions, and I’m excited that we have taken a big progressive step forward,” comments Mayor Andy Letham.
Changes will take effect at the next election in 2018.

For more information contact:
Cheri Davidson
Manager of Communications, Advertising and Marketing
705-324-9411 extension 1355

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