Ontario Summer Games bid rejected by LaSalle councillor

At least one LaSalle councillor is against Essex County chipping in to help host the 2014 Ontario Summer Games.

Coun. Terry Burns reminded LaSalle Council that Windsor pulled its doctor recruitment funding

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis has asked Essex County Council for $636,000 to co-host the Ontario Summer Games. (istockphoto.com)

At least one LaSalle councillor is against Essex County chipping in to help host the 2014 Ontario Summer Games.

Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis last week asked county council to co-host the games with a equal financial contribution.
LaSalle Coun. Terry Burns said Tuesday night at council the county doesn't have the money.

"Taxpayers said to me they don't want us to raise taxes on that basis. And, when I look at recruitment of doctors, it was easy for the city to walk away from that and that was, and still is, a regional endeavour," Burn said.

In December of last year, county council agreed to pick up 100 per cent of the cost of the physician recruitment office for Windsor-Essex.

The decision cost the county more than $220,000 in 2012 and $162,000 in 2013. It also allowed the city to not spend a dime on the program after the city previously paid of approximately half the cost of the program. At the time, Francis said status quo was no longer acceptable.

There was some debate as to how successful the program was although the office reported to council it recruited 268 doctors for Windsor-Essex.

Last week, Francis appeared at county council to ask for $636,000 to help host the 2014 Ontario Summer Games.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya, who sits on county council, said he will wait for an administrative report outlining possible financing options before making any final decision.

County council will decide in two weeks whether to accept the city's invitation to co-host the games next year.


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