The Muskoka Ratepayers Association (MRA) is an organization with a unique role in our community.
Ratepayers was created to make our community stronger by bringing together the interests of permanent residents, seasonal residents and businesses. These three groups must act as one if we are to have a strong representative economy, an enhanced, year round economy that builds on the natural beauty that is Muskoka. In bringing us together, the MRA feels that everyone should have an awareness of the issues facing the Township of Muskoka Lakes, an awareness of the actions of Council in reflecting the needs of the community through their decisions.
The MRA is not a political organization and comprises members and Board Members of varied political stripes. In our reporting function, we attend all meetings of Township of Muskoka Lakes Council and committees meetings. From these meetings we prepare objective reports (Township Watch) of issues discussed and opposing points of view and present it for membership in a newsletter format. This is key information to know what is happening in Township government and to allow you to hold your elected representatives to account. (Hyperlink to latest Township Watch)
The MRA writes letters on issues of importance to the community, currently being discussed by TML Council, such as budget development, Official Plan creation etc.. These Letters dig deeper into the issues and bring up opposing points of view that should be discussed when developing Township policy. ( hyperlink Dons OP comments).
Important issues are always developing in our community and we strive to build awareness of the issues, options for solution and the impact on our constituent groups (permanent residents, seasonal residents and businesses). Papers developed for this reason are posted on our website, sometimes published in newspapers as an open letter and often sent to TML Council and higher levels of government. ( hyperlink to letter on the Torrance Barrens).
Annually, we produce a Yearbook with articles about many of the issues important to membership and important contact information for political representatives to allow you to express yourself in person or gain help in resolving an issue. ( hyperlink to 2021 Yearbook).
Our website contains reference information that is much easier to retrieve than on the TML website, such as TML current budget, revised Planning regulations etc.. ( hyperlink to Planning changes)
When municipal elections are held, we take an important objective role by hosting an All-Candidate Meeting to allow the community to get to know the candidates and what they represent. Unlike other community interest groups, the Muskoka Ratepayers poses questions for each candidate to answer based on issues that are important to our members and the community at large. This provides an excellent head to head comparison between candidates. (Hyperlink to candidates response).
All of this information is either sent to our membership or is available on our newly redesigned website. We feel that this represents one of the best values that you can get