Singing city budget blues

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Re: Council delays budget, Review, January 20

There is something terribly wrong here.

One thing is blatantly obvious: the decision-making process in the operation of the City of Hamilton is far beyond the scope of the majority of the councillors at city hall. I am not saying this in an unkindly way, but just consider what is happening.

Against the wishes of many taxpayers, speaking through their councillors, the mayor and council threw away upwards of a half a million dollars on bids for bike rides and Games that they, in their wisdom, thought would bring growth and fame to the city of Hamilton. Now here we are six months later, facing a $45-million deficit.

This amount, we can gather, is made up of $25 million for social services that we hope to recover from the province, as well as $825,000 over and above the three per cent already allocated to five capital projects. We then add another $6 million for GO, the library and art gallery above their three per cent.

Now get this - not a red cent in there for Flamborough, Ancaster or Dundas.

About a week or two ago, Mayor Di Ianni made mention in your paper that people in general were happy with the current arrangement. Oh yes, there were a few malcontents in Flamborough, but you know how it goes, you can't please everyone.

Now to get back to the real world, council wants us to cough up an additional three to seven per cent, for which we here in Flamborough will not see a nickel. Can you imagine us subsidizing downtown public art to the tune of $100,000?

Give us a break.

Raie Hill

Waterdown

Singing city budget blues

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Re: Council delays budget, Review, January 20

There is something terribly wrong here.

One thing is blatantly obvious: the decision-making process in the operation of the City of Hamilton is far beyond the scope of the majority of the councillors at city hall. I am not saying this in an unkindly way, but just consider what is happening.

Against the wishes of many taxpayers, speaking through their councillors, the mayor and council threw away upwards of a half a million dollars on bids for bike rides and Games that they, in their wisdom, thought would bring growth and fame to the city of Hamilton. Now here we are six months later, facing a $45-million deficit.

This amount, we can gather, is made up of $25 million for social services that we hope to recover from the province, as well as $825,000 over and above the three per cent already allocated to five capital projects. We then add another $6 million for GO, the library and art gallery above their three per cent.

Now get this - not a red cent in there for Flamborough, Ancaster or Dundas.

About a week or two ago, Mayor Di Ianni made mention in your paper that people in general were happy with the current arrangement. Oh yes, there were a few malcontents in Flamborough, but you know how it goes, you can't please everyone.

Now to get back to the real world, council wants us to cough up an additional three to seven per cent, for which we here in Flamborough will not see a nickel. Can you imagine us subsidizing downtown public art to the tune of $100,000?

Give us a break.

Raie Hill

Waterdown

Singing city budget blues

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Re: Council delays budget, Review, January 20

There is something terribly wrong here.

One thing is blatantly obvious: the decision-making process in the operation of the City of Hamilton is far beyond the scope of the majority of the councillors at city hall. I am not saying this in an unkindly way, but just consider what is happening.

Against the wishes of many taxpayers, speaking through their councillors, the mayor and council threw away upwards of a half a million dollars on bids for bike rides and Games that they, in their wisdom, thought would bring growth and fame to the city of Hamilton. Now here we are six months later, facing a $45-million deficit.

This amount, we can gather, is made up of $25 million for social services that we hope to recover from the province, as well as $825,000 over and above the three per cent already allocated to five capital projects. We then add another $6 million for GO, the library and art gallery above their three per cent.

Now get this - not a red cent in there for Flamborough, Ancaster or Dundas.

About a week or two ago, Mayor Di Ianni made mention in your paper that people in general were happy with the current arrangement. Oh yes, there were a few malcontents in Flamborough, but you know how it goes, you can't please everyone.

Now to get back to the real world, council wants us to cough up an additional three to seven per cent, for which we here in Flamborough will not see a nickel. Can you imagine us subsidizing downtown public art to the tune of $100,000?

Give us a break.

Raie Hill

Waterdown