From the People's Left Arm:
Londoners rather city council spend money to attract jobs than to fix roads, hire cops and firefighters or improve recreation, a new poll suggests.3000 Londoners responded to this survey, outnumbering those whose testimony formed the basis of the recent OMB decision on London's current ward system by 2985.
The fact that only one percent of respondents ranked the nebulous concept of creating jobs as the top priority of city council, with a error margin of 5.8 percent, is nonetheless an occasion of self-congratulation for Controller of Arenas, Parks, Libraries and Creative Cities Gord Hume:
Finishing a distant fourth were parks and recreation facilities, picked as a top choice by only seven per cent. That’s the same number who either said they didn’t know or volunteered their own answer.Do I smell an upcoming municipal election in 2006? What this poll shows, if anything, is that Council and City Staff are stupid and have no notion of responsibility or properly aligned priorities. What's going down in this city is that the very priority voted as last in this totally meaningless poll has been the very first priority of city council for years. Spending on recreation and entertainment is one the biggest reasons Londoners are overtaxed and under-serviced. A one percent difference is 'significant' because council doesn't want to spend money on the roads, because they've already spent and borrowed tons of money on capital improvements which must now be paid for. Fixing the potholes is not near so glorious as boasting the JLC.
The reality is that people don't want to come here because the roads are crumbling and covered in snow, the sewers and water pipes are bursting, the guns firing and property taxes and debt proportionally higher than other municipalities. The best way to attract newcomers, other than those seeking public housing in London, is to bite that hand that steals.
"There's no sense having good roads if you have nowhere to go."
Coun. Fred Tranquilli
Monday, December 19, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, December 19, 2005