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City outlines costs associated with OMB appeal on Kingston’s Electoral District Boundaries

November 19, 2013 -

The City is outlining its costs associated with the four-day Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) electoral district boundaries appeal in October for interested residents.

The City retained Tony Fleming of the Cunningham Swan law firm to represent it at the appeal, which began on Monday, Oct. 21.

The City's total legal costs were $50,990 – comprised of $43,700 in legal fees, $1,424 in disbursements, and $5,866 in HST. The City will receive an HST rebate of approximately $5,072. The legal costs reflect the amount of time required to review relevant materials, meet with witnesses, prepare documents and attend the September 9 OMB Pre-Hearing and the four-day Hearing in October.

In the past, the City has been represented by external legal counsel on other important matters before the OMB. 

For example, outside legal costs for the 2008 Lowes OMB appeal, for example, totaled $63,156 – comprised of $58,035 in legal fees, $1,857 in disbursements, and $2,994 in GST. The City received a GST rebate of approximately $3,000. The Lowes appeal was settled after a two-day mediation conducted by the OMB following which Minutes of Settlement and other implementing agreements were prepared or reviewed by the City's lawyer and entered into by the parties involved.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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