Municipal control over special-purpose bodies.

“Municipal control over special-purpose bodies.”
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Course Code: Local Government and Management
Special-purpose bodies (SPB) are governmental organizations with
responsibilities for a specific function (or limited functions). They come with different
names, which include agency, authority, board, commission and public corporation.
There are four reasons that led to the establishment of special-purpose bodies. These
reasons will be explored within the body of this analysis, which will endeavor to
understand how municipal control over SPBs has come into being within Toronto.
SPBs are typically designed to increase citizen control over functions that directly
affect them. In addition, SPBs are deemed necessary as the depoliticization of certain
issues is deemed to be purely technical in nature. Third, self-financing businesses and
enterprises are believed necessary because they provide important administrative
functions. Lastly, SPBs tend to relate to size, which enables initiatives for making key
services available to areas larger or smaller than a single municipality. Examples of SPBs
include: Toronto public library, Metrolinx, Toronto Police Service Board, Toronto Hydro
and several other municipal bodies responsible for more administrative duties and special
services for citizens.
This research paper will examine the municipal control over SPBs. In so doing,
this paper will analyze the Toronto Police Service (TPS), which can be considered a SPB
as it relates to serving the community and controlling the population of Toronto by
ensuring orderly conduct. Undertaking a close study of the TPS will not be easy, thought
this research will ultimately attempt to uncover the various ways SPBs, especially TPS,
ruin political and fiscal accountability, efficiency and policy coordination, which can
potentially lead to adverse effects in the community. With the aid of selected sources
taken from academic journal articles, non-academic reports and newspaper articles, this 
essay will relate how the TPS functions and is organized in policy making, budgeting,
and how senior managers report to council, finally outlining several changes that have
taken place since the formation of the organization. By taking such a multifaceted
approach to understanding the TPS, this essay will highlight the ways it operates
inclusive of challenges and difficulties faced by the organization. With this information,
this essay will conclude by coming up with several solutions that be implemented
immediately in order to help mitigate any issues between TPS and council, attempting to
eliminate any problems currently faced by this SPB.
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