Leading Up To The October 22 Chatham-Kent Municipal Election—Part One

Chatham-Kent (officially the Municipality of Chatham-Kent) is a single-tier Ontario municipality with a population of 102,042, according to the 2016 census.

Leading Up To The October 22 Chatham-Kent Municipal Election will provide information (interesting and helpful information, I hope) about the powers, duties, and functions of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, from garbage collection to mayor and councillors; about voting; about resident’s opinions on the effectiveness of the Municipality; and perhaps about possible improvements.

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The Entries, So Far
Part 1. About The Municipality Of Chatham-Kent
Part 2. About Ontario Municipalities
Part 3. Wards, Mayor, Councillors, Council, School Board Representatives, & Voting―#1
Part 4. Wards, Mayor, Councillors, Council, School Board Representatives, & Voting―#2
Part 5. A Proposal To Help Voters Decide Which Candidate To Vote For
Part 6: What Chatham-Kentians Might Want To Say To The Newly-Elected Council

Part 1. About The Municipality Of Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent ― officially the Municipality of Chatham-Kent ― is a single-tier Ontario municipality with a population of 102,042, according to the 2016 census.

A single-tier municipality is one which is not part of a larger municipality (a County, Region, or District) and which has no municipal subdivisions within itself, such as a City, Town, or Village.

The County of Lambton, for example, has the City of Sarnia and the Town of Petrolia within it. Sarnia and Petrolia have their own councils, as does Lambton County.

None of the places in Chatham-Kent (Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury, Wallaceburg, Wheatley, and the rest) have their own councils. Every person and place is governed by the Chatham-Kent Council.

Chatham-Kent is a municipal corporation ― The Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Legally, it is a sister or brother of the Canadian Cancer Society (a not-for-profit corporation) and Canadian Tire (a business corporation).

The Corporation has “2000+ employees,” according to its website. Employees are represented by 11 separate unions.

The total 2018 Municipality of Chatham-Kent budget is $317,023, 956.

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The two largest Municipal expenses are for its employees (wages, benefits, honorariums, travel, training, uniforms, etc.) at approximately 42.3% of the total budget and for Human Services Benefits (social assistance) at approximately 17.5%. The percentages are for 2017, as the 2018 budget is not available as of publication of About The Municipality Of Chatham-Kent.

Municipal revenue comes from the Ontario government; the federal government; Chatham-Kent municipal property taxes, fines and penalties, user fees; and other sources.

Chatham-Kent was formed in 1998, when the County Of Kent and all the places and councils within it were amalgamated.

Here are the populations of the 11 largest places in Chatham-Kent, according to the 2016 census. There are no figures available for the smaller places.

• Blenheim: 4,344
• Bothwell: 856
• Chatham: 43,550
• Dresden: 2,451
• Erieau: 389
• Highgate: 338
• Ridgetown: 3,002
• Thamesville: 861
• Tilbury: 4,768
• Wallaceburg: 10,098

• Wheatley: 2,868

(The image below is a map of Kent County before amalgamation.)

Kent County Before Amalgamation

Sources

www.chatham-kent.ca

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham-Kent

https://www.chatham-kent.ca/local-government/municipal-departments/corporate-services/HumanResourcesOrganizational
Development

http://images.ourontario.ca/Partners/
CKPL/CKPL0027571271T.PDF

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