Despite discussions to the contrary, while the Town of Aurora is a corporation with the ability to conduct “business” on behalf of the residents it serves, the Town is not a business in the truest or most commonly understood sense. How could it be? The Town doesn’t sell anything, it doesn’t have any competitors and it certainly doesn’t aim to turn a profit. “Corporate” decisions are not made by an Executive Committee or Board of Directors, but by a governing body, the Council. Councillors are elected officials not employees. And residents are taxpayers not clients or customers. They can’t shop around for a better deal, or “take their business” elsewhere. What they pay in taxes and what they pay for in terms of services, is determined for them by the group of people they elected, collectively, to serve their interests.
Personally, I believe that we, as a Council, are there to serve our residents; to ensure that the services residents want and need are provided at the best possible price. I agree that it makes sense to run the “corporation” of the municipality of Aurora in a business-like fashion so as to ensure we are fiscally responsible. However, that’s where I think the comparison should end.