Windsor city council faces two big issues in 2013, according to CBC Windsor's municipal affairs columnist, Cheryl Collier. 

Collier, professor of political science at the University of Windsor, wonders how city hall will keep taxes low without cutting services. She said, "eventually something has to give."

Collier suggests that 2013 will be the last logical year in which to cut services or raise taxes because no politician will likely want to do either in 2014, which is an election year.


Cheryl Collier is CBC Windsor's municipal affairs columnist.

The city has already trimmed what Collier called "fringe programs," like city daycare. She said it's "politically more palatable" to cut programs that affect lower-income people.

She also wonders how council can create much-needed jobs and attract business to a city that has Canada's highest unemployment rate.

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis has been spending money, travelling around the world in an effort to drum up business. He has routinely hinted that jobs and businesses will arrive but there has yet to be a big announcement.

Collier said 2013 will be a year in which those questions will really come to the forefront.

Cheryl Collier is a professor of political science at the University of Windsor. She can be be heard on the Early Shift with Tony Doucette at 8:14 a.m. on Mondays. Tune in to 97.5 FM or listen live online at

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