According to the London Free Press, city staff are lobbying council to shift the costs of road and sewer projects for new developments from taxpayers to developers, prompting a return volley of lobbying from developers to maintain the status quo. Currently taxpayers directly pay 54 per cent of road construction and 10 per cent of sewer costs. Municipal revenues, however, also profit from the expansion in the assessment base that new developments bring in, so the net cost or benefit to taxpayers themselves is impossible to quantify — although it should be supposed that, with council's appetite for gobbling up revenues for pet projects that create future tax obligations and benefit only a handful of Londoners, the net effect to taxpayers is probably a cost.
That'll be alright for her to say when the rest of us can get our double-double at city hall's subsidized cafeteria.
The argument has the potential to pit development's biggest supporters on council against those more concerned about traffic congestion and pollution.