By Howida Sorour-Roberts
The controversial Asset Management Plan and Long Term Financial Sustainability Plan was approved by Smiths Falls council on Sept. 19. Council has also agreed to consider the plan during budget deliberations and has approved the recommended policies of the plan, which call for a 3.38 per cent tax increase or $600,000 in revenue whether through cost saving or new funding initiatives. The motion also recommends that the town update the asset management plan as the town’s priorities change.
“The plan outlines the state of our infrastructure with a plan to deal with it over the next 40 years,” explained Chris Cummings, Smiths Falls councillor. “It’s very detailed and I think we all want to know what we have and what we need to do, so that we can pilot the boat as it were.”
The motion to accept the plan was passed through a recorded vote. Councillors Jay Brennan and Joe Gallipeau voted against the motion, Councillor Dawn Quinn was absent. Councillors John Maloney, Lorraine Allen and Cummings were joined by Mayor Shawn Pankow in favour of passing the motion.