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City hall dismisses grassroot group’s claims

City hall is dismissing allegations of financial mismanagement made by the citizens’ organization GrassRoots Guelph.
“In essence, the concerns raised were a combination of incomplete information, imperfect assumptions and qualitative versus quantitative perspectives being applied” by GrassRoots Guelph, says a new city staff report.
GrassRoots Guelph took advantage of provincial legislation last fall to petition the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing to conduct an audit of Guelph’s management of its financial affairs. After ministry officials did some fact-finding and spoke to city officials and GrassRoots Guelph representatives, the ministry decided not to conduct an audit of the city’s financial management.
“After careful consideration of all the information and clarifications provided on both sides, ministry staff determined that the concerns raised within the petition were local matters and the responsibility of Guelph city council to address; i.e., there was no basis for further ministry action,” the city report says.
Ministry officials also said they’d be willing to facilitate a meeting between the two sides. While the city is willing to have such a meeting, the ministry’s offer has so far not been accepted by the petitioners from GrassRoots Guelph, the report says.
“Unless a follow-up meeting request is received by the petitioners, city administration does not plan any further action at this time,” says the report, which goes to the May 5 meeting of council’s corporate administration, finance and enterprise committee.

One Response to “City hall dismisses grassroot group’s claims”

  1. Dennis Galon says:

    So I guess we must conclude that GrassRoots Guelph was never serious about this. They simply took advantage of the law to toss a stone, to cast aspersions, hoping that even after the Ministry and the a City had taken their frivolous petition seriously and expended considerable staff resources, they could just go quiet trusting that some of the crap they had slung would stick.

    Particularly telling is the fact that this groups natural pick for mayor, Counsilor Cam Guthrie has been rejected by GrassRoots Guelph, and the reason for this is not difficulty to divine–Guthrie, from his vantage point as chair of a council finance committee, has affirmed that the cities books and finances are just fine, thank you very much.

    Talk about having lost all credibility! They fundamental contention that Guelph is being financial mismanaged is rejected by the very candidate that most closely aligns with their hard right views.

    Go away, GrassRoots. Politics is serious stuff and you have proven you for not measure up.

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