Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Regina: Insulting our intelligence

Mayor Fiacco says if the province doesn't ante up he'll have to raise taxes by as much as 15 per cent. Fiacco is an old pro at this game of chicken. Without fail, Fiacco starts fear mongering in advance of the provincial budget in the hopes of scoring more cash. "Free money" can help him jack up municipal spending by five per cent each year as the city has been for the better part of a decade.

Problem is, the province already doubled his funding and the gas tax money is flowing in from Ottawa. That won't stop City Council from crying poor and scaring senior citizens with dramatic threats.

Part of me wishes the province would call his bluff. It would be a great lesson to Fiacco that you shouldn't write cheques you can't cash.


Chad Moats said...

Fiacco constantly writes cheques he can not cash but they you think the local media will call him on it.

The reasons the hike will need to be so much is lack of long term planning by holding the line instead of incremental increases and spending the reserves to a point that they won't cover any contingency.He made this bed, now he has to lie in it.

Do you think his Teflon suit will be able to withstand this ?

David MacLean said...

It's not going to happen, so I don't think he'll wear it. City revenue growth has been healthy. Yeah, they've drawn down on reserves to fund some operations, but they aren't anywhere near an emergency.

If he raises taxes by 10-15 per cent, there is no way council wouldn't be held responsible for that.

That said, I think the province will come through. They shouldn't, but they will.

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