Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Laugh/Rant du Jour


A report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) states that other levels of government are to blame for all municipal problems and that they need more money to deliver services.

What a crock. Municipal governments are the worst offenders of abusing tax dollars in the country. Look at the City of Richmond, BC, London, ON and the elephant of fiscal incompetence - the City of Toronto.

Junkets all over the world. Out-of-whack pay increases. Totally beholden to special interests.

Municipal governments are the least accountable to taxpayers in the country. Property taxes soar that force seniors out of their homes and local governments don't bat an eye.

Giving municipal governemnts more taxation powers or more money is like giving a pyromaniac a jerry can and a pack of matches.

If municipalities need more money to pave roads and fix bridges they should focus on core priorities, un-chain themselves from the selfish demands of unions and quit demanding/relying on handouts from other levels of government.

3 comments:

Money Bags4Me said...

Amen to that.

Who was it that said, " the only good politician, is the one with the gun pointed at his head, not in his hand."

Robert McClelland said...

The report is bang on. Municipalities have had all kinds of expenses downloaded on them by the provinces yet their revenue, as a percentage of tax dollars, hasn't increased to compensate for it. Of course it's no surprise this fraudulent conservative astroturf organization either doesn't know that or won't admit it.

Chad Moats said...

What is your defination of core services ?
The Cities Act states,
The purpose of cities are the following:
(a) to provide good government
(b) to provide services, facilities and other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary and desirable for all or a part of city;
(c)to develop and maintain a safe and viable community;
(d) to foster economic, social and environmental well-being;
(e) to provide wise stewardship of public assets

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