Thursday, October 19, 2006

The London Fog's London Budget 2007 Archives
Once again, Londoners get robbed twice by city council Friday, February 9, 2007
Last night, in yet another tale of London City Council's fiscal malaise, they approved spending $2,000,000 of taxpayer's ill-gotten surplus for special-interest groups and other initiatives. As always, the net benefit to the taxpayers when council wastes your money — nothing.
London Public Library: out of control Monday, January 29, 2007
The London Public Library created a stir at city hall on two fronts last week when it submitted its $15.25 million budget request to board of control during deliberations on the 2007 city budget. As with other boards and commissions, city administration had set a generous target increase for the Library of three per cent above its previous funding level of $14.58 million — above both the rate of inflation and growth in the city's assessment revenue — allowing the Library to propose an increase of $437,000 to its budget for a total of $15.02 million. The submitted budget represented instead a 4.6 per cent increase, or $230,000 over target…
Over the board: 4.6% tax increase in store Sunday, January 28, 2007
Three days of deliberations by board of control last week on London's 2007 budget have produced so few departures from the original recommendations of city management in its draft budget proposals that the exercise of the board's oversight powers seemed on the whole at least a partial vindication of the criticisms of proponents of its elimination. Board of control substantially approved the $739 million draft operating budget "with few cuts" and, per the recommendation of chief administrative officer Jeff Fielding, gave additional approval to funding some service growth initiatives from assessment growth revenue…
On the boards, by the board Wednesday, January 24, 2007
[C]ity boards and commissions met today with board of control to defend their budgets before controllers submit their overall budget recommendations to council. Administration had set a generous target for the municipal boards for a three per cent increase above previous funding levels, above both the rate of inflation and growth in the city's assessment revenue. Significantly, the target was set without requiring those boards to justify previous expenditures but only the amounts in excess of them — a lost opportunity to promote restraint and reduce a bureaucratic sense of entitlement to those amounts.
Cost of living in London continues to rise Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Council last night passed the first part of the city's 2007 budget, approving five and eleven per cent rate increases for sewer and water charges respectively, adding an extra $48 to the cost of living to the average London homeowner.
LFPress letter to the editor: Budget editorial fails… Monday, January 22, 2007
This is the text of a letter to the editor published in Saturday's London Free Press (letters are not archived) regarding its editorial coverage of the public input meeting in front of board of control as part of the 2007 draft budget process. The author, Mary Lou Ambrogio of London, was one of the presenters of the submission to board of control referred to below, and reprinted in The London Fog
Public input on London's 2007 draft budget, part 2 Friday, January 12, 2007
It should finally come as no surprise to anyone that an invitation for public input from governments has become received in reality as an invitation to that demonstrative and vocal segment of the population that reasons that it has something to gain from the proceedings, and there has been no disappointment in the invitation's reception this year. Agencies and institutions in London have become professional welfare advocates for themselves as a result not only of these proceedings but of their continual success in obtaining something for themselves at no greater cost than a paid day's work in preparing a sentimental exposition of their perceived value to themselves. So much easier!
Public input on London's 2007 draft budget Wednesday, January 10, 2007
This is the text of a presentation delivered to London Board of Control, with some members of council attending, as part of the one-day public input meeting in the city's 2007 draft budget process on January 10…
Budget surpluses are bad news for taxpayers Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The London Free Press reports that this year's budget "surplus" is estimated at $8.1 million — at least the third straight year of multi-million dollar surpluses, totaling over $30 million over that time. Although surplus revenue is taxation above and beyond the city required to meet its budgeted obligations over the year, Londoners can expect to see little of that money returned to them.
Draft budget:
4.3% spending growth is just the beginning
Sunday, December 17, 2006
London's $900 million draft budget for 2007 calls for spending growth of between 4.3 and 4.4 per cent — roughly twice the rate of inflation…
Draft budget in:
City says, "We'd like some more!"
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The modest robber, having already taken the gold and the jewelry, removes the silver and brass and congratulates himself on his moderation. City hall was "mostly smiles" today — or smirks, as the picture goes — according to the London Free Press, as staff presented a $900 million draft budget to council that will raise property taxes and water and sewer charges between 2.8 and 4.5 per cent.

Budget 2005 Archives

London Budget News Release — Paul Van Meerbergen
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"London as a Creative City" — by Paul Van Meerbergen
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Capital Budget Amendments — by Paul Van Meerbergen
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Operating Budget Amendments — by Paul Van Meerbergen
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Windfalls blowing through my mind

Tilting at the windfalls


Maybe now we can have a parade!

"almost makes me want to break out in a rash"

The future of the JLC?

Anne Marie is smiling

The farce of the democratic process

And my income tax refund is a bonus, too…

It's only 6.63% - and it's London's 150th besides

I admit defeat

"Londoners can no longer afford their local government"

No wonder that report was kindly kept away from council: they don't care and it makes them look bad

How much is your property worth to us?

The continuing saga of London's financial crisis

Bitch slappin' and name calling

City staff gets larger still

City councillors stomachs grumbling in marathon budget smokescreening

Passing the blame and missing the point

More budget scraps...

We're only in it for the money

More budget lunacy .....

Knife misses capital budget and hits Londoners in the back instead

Budget Scraps - Babies, nannies and horses and buggies

Budget Antics 2005

They always get so cranky when they stay up past their bedtime

Sing a song of 7.81%

London Ontario — a sinking ship

Damned if you do, damned if you don't...

“Smart Growth” is just dumb economics by Dr. Kim Ainslie, reproduced with permission.

Pay for it yourself

150 years of robbery and theft

Pass the buck — blame it on the province

London proudly upholds time honoured tradition

London celebrates 150 years of corruption

City Hall’s Cynical Budget Politics by Dr. Kim Ainslie, reproduced with permission.
Budget 2006 Archives

Fiscal responsibility, London-style

Save the twelve dollars, you're going to need it

Special interests speak out on London budget.
Hint: it's not for your interest

It's going to get more expensive to live in London, version 2006.1

Thanks for your fiscal restraint and your foresight

It's going to get more expensive to live in London… again

And that little matter of the budget…

Please tell us more about your fiscal discipline

What about the potholes and the soaring debt?

Save London Roads! Close Fanshawe Pioneer Village

City hall cannot be trusted with taxes

"It shows we're ahead of the curve, that we're making investments"

London can't afford its local government

Riches of embarassment for council…
more taxes for the rest of us

London's Ryugyong

"… the side streets resemble Siberia"

Melba Toast

Don't trust council with a "surplus"

The sewers were neglected in favour of the JLC

It's only your money…

There's a truck stuck in the sewer

Thanks for the two bucks, now scram

Election year budget creates moderate discomfort to special interest groups and propitiatory council

Assorted London anaesthetics…

London 2006 budget deliberations begin.
Citizen advisory in effect: start saving…

London Ontario — an expensive place to raise a family