The verdict is in: only a 6.63% increase, compared to last years 5.9% tax hike. Wonder what's in store for Londoners next year, especially considering our reverend elders are dippin' into the sacred trough, euphemistically known as the reserve or surplus fund:
Londoners will face a 6.63 per cent property tax hike this year -- a reduction that came in an often stormy eight-hour session at city hall. Sunday swims at indoor pools, a funding hike for a program helping low-income families pay utility bills and the hiring of some new police officers were among the casualties yesterday as council eased a threatened 7.3 per cent tax hike.Wow - what a savings. They even worked a full eight hour day!
Gosnell defended council's efforts and praised staff for helping lead the cutting process.That's just dandy - let us fund the JLC, but 'download' snow removal onto taxpayers. Sunday swimming is surely more important than snow removal. Mind you, the elderly might have a case here, perhaps having to pay someone to remove snow from the sidewalks, at the same time as they are forced to fund entertainment that they cannot necessarily enjoy or desire. As for London's lower median household income, well, the apathetic ones remain here, looking for handouts. London is not exactly business friendly, unless of course, you know someone on council.
When Van Meerbergen proposed slashing an additional $250,000 from corporate communications, Fielding said it would "eliminate that department."Corporate communications? Eliminate please. While we are at it, let's stop the funding to Graham Pollett, London's version of George Slithermann, and also cut off the heritage lobbyists:
A major battle centred on funding for the Middlesex London Health Unit.Good to see council has their priorities in place.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, January 26, 2005