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Public Meeting - Notice of intention to pass a bylaw - Question on the 2018 Municipal Election Ballot

January 23, 2018 -

Take notice that in accordance with Section 8(1)(b) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, (the Act) the council for The Corporation of the City of Kingston will be holding a special council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, to consider passing a bylaw, regarding the placement of the following question on the 2018 Municipal Election Ballot:

Are you in favour of using Ranked Ballot Voting to elect the mayor and district councillors in the city of Kingston beginning with the 2022 municipal election? Yes. No.

If the results of the question are binding (i.e. at least 50 per cent of eligible electors vote on the question) and the majority vote in the affirmative, council would be required to initiate the process to pass a Ranked Ballot Voting bylaw by May 1, 2021 in order to use Ranked Ballot Voting in the 2022 municipal election to elect the mayor and district councillors. The budget amount for the 2018 municipal election is $750,000. A Ranked Ballot election would require additional investments in the form of human, technological and financial resources that could conceivably add $250,000 to $300,000 or more to the cost of the 2022 municipal election.  If the majority votes in the negative, council would not be able to take any further action with respect to Ranked Ballot Voting for a period of four years after Voting Day.  This would mean that the earliest a future council could implement Ranked Ballot Voting would be for the 2026 municipal election.

Those wishing to address council will be chosen in random order for the public meeting portion of the meeting on the matter. Each speaker will be allowed a maximum of five minutes to address council and are requested to stand in place to receive questions from council. Written submissions with respect to the question should be submitted to John Bolognone, city clerk, City of Kingston, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontario, K7L 2Z3, or to jbolognone@cityofkingston.ca on or before Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Should council enact the bylaw, a notice of passing will be issued on Feb. 9, 2018 with an appeal deadline of March 1, 2018. In accordance with the Act, appeals will be collected by the city clerk, and forwarded to the chief electoral officer, and a hearing will be held.

Personal information, as defined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and in accordance with MFIPPA. Personal information collected may be used to make a decision on this matter and may form part of meeting agendas or minutes, and therefore may be made available to members of the public at the meetings, through requests, and through the website of The Corporation of the City of Kingston. Questions regarding the collection, use and disclosure of this personal information may be directed to the corporate records and information officer, Blair Johnson, at 613-546-4291 ext. 1316 or bjohnson@cityofkingston.ca.

Dated this Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

John Bolognone, city clerk