Members of township council will be mulling over a potential donation of $50,000 to the Brock Community Health Centre on Monday (Jan. 27).
Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble has brought forward a motion – seconded by Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb – that the municipality include that figure in the 2020 budget.
“Although this is not typical practice within municipal government, it only makes sense to follow suit with Durham Region who has already committed $100,000 to the project,” she said in an interview.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support the build of a state-of-the-art medical facility that will serve and benefit all residents within the Township of Brock.”
Coun. Jubb agreed, saying the project is long overdue and that he’s long supported the project.
“Eleven years ago, my family moved here from Pefferlaw with the excitement of hearing a state-of-the-art facility would be built. More than a decade has passed and I still bring my family to a trailer for healthcare,” he said.
“This is unacceptable. The donation from the municipality, in my opinion, is fully warranted. This will help finish off the fundraising campaign and put a shovel in the ground at last.”
He also that the donation could be funded from reserves, not the tax levy, and will be offset by development charge revenue from the project.
“Talking to our treasurer, the municipality will be receiving close to $80,000 in development charge revenue. The donation will draw from that so the taxpayer will not have to be impacted,” he said.
“More specifically, the donation is proposed to be drawn from the tax rate stabilization reserve.”
In an interview, Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden questioned the need to proceed with the donation this year, as the provincial government has yet to formally approve construction.
“2020 is going to be a difficult budget for us to weedle through if we are committed to advancing the business of the municipality. That, first and foremost, has to be our mandate. Our residents are relying on us to bring in again the leanest budget possible and also to continue moving forward with our modernization and organizational restructuring,” she said.
“Council supports the CHC. But we will be in a better position to look at their requirements in 2021 or 2022. There has not been a building permit applied for yet, so there is no urgency for us to participate. The money council is looking at would be better utilized in 2020 directly to the taxpayers rather than sitting aside waiting. Sidewalks are of importance to our residents and we are pushing forward anticipating we can make a larger dent in them this year.”
The meeting is set to get underway at 6:30 p.m. Monday.