Council Composition: What Should It Look Like?
Posted by auroracitizen on August 3, 2010
We have had a number of comments about the make up of Council going forward. The 2 that seem to be of interest are whether we need 8 Councillors and whether we should have a ward system.
Total Number of Councillors:
The argument has been put forward that based on our population that 8 Councillors and their corresponding salaries and work load is not justified. Both 4 and 6 have been put forward as options.
On the other hand, our population continues to grow and Councillors are part-time and resultant do not have the time to make the same commitment as a full-time councillor. Particularly those that have other full-time commitments.
The Ward system was debated prior to this election as to whether it should be put to a vote on this coming election ballot. It was decide not to include the question on this ballot. Currently councillors are elected at large. Everyone is put in the same pot and the top 8 councillors become the Council. They have no particular alignment with any specific area.
A key argument against wards is that every Councillor can be called by any citizen and they are not beholden to a specific area.
Against is that a Councillor has too many issues to worry about and they can’t focus on helping a specific ward.
Please use this post to discuss the various merits of these 2 topics.