In the minutes of Board of Control's last meeting on Wednesday (PDF), it's reported that London's Board of Control acceded to Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Fielding recommendation (PDF) that the city set aside $25,000 from the Neighbourhood Parks Capital Budget account to "offset any potential shortfalls" in fundraising for the "Let Them Be Kids" project.
Couldn't you just send the playground equipment down there with a set of instructions and a screw driver or two?Board of Control also recommended that administration report on potential ways to support fundraising "including the possibility of providing matching funding for the amounts raised by staff." It's not clear whether staff will be on paid-time while in Honduras.
It's not so much as it would appear that politicians and bureaucrats have contempt for taxpayers. It's just that they are closeted in a managerial society in which actions and thoughts are scrutinized and approved almost entirely by peers with which they share similar codes and purposes, and only rarely by taxpayers. Much like children who are only infrequently attended and then usually from a distance, their domain is a playground, and taxes are the equipment.