CTA applauds council on killing $312K NMAI grant

The Cobourg Taxpayers Association (CTA) today applauded Council’s 6-1 decision to decline the NMAI fee waiver.

“This represents a huge victory for the CTA and Cobourg taxpayers”, said CTA President Lydia Smith.

“We have argued from the beginning that public funds should not be used to fund a private sector commercial building and that it was not permissible under the Municipal Act”.

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NMAI Board Member Part of Lawsuit

Dr. Mark Essak and other members of the Northumberland Family Health Team are alleged to have committed several questionable acts regarding the finances of their practices. Note that Dr. Essak is one of only two Cobourg residents who is on the Board of Northumberland Medical Arts Incorporated (NMAI) which is the not-for-profit corporation that has requested a waiver of fees related to the construction of their proposed clinic.

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NMAI Waiver of Development Charges & Fees

The CTA received a copy of this correspondence from Bill Thompson to Mayor Brocanier

To mayor and council

I am 100% opposed to this waiver of $303,623.00 of development fees requested by a private enterprise for a new medical building.
Being a private enterprise ,it should not be granted this gratis waiver which may reflect solely on Cobourg taxpayers while all Northumberland County residents may avail themselves of the medical services provided.

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