How long has she been Mayor again? In a fascinating exchange in Council chambers Monday night over Board of Control's recent recommendation to use only $815,000 or less than 10 per cent of last year's $9 million surplus revenue to offset this year's property tax rate increase, Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best persisted in an ignorance of basic budget protocol that a grade school civics class could not match, despite repeated attempts to correct her. From the London Free Press:
Before council could vote on [Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen's] call to reconsider how much of the surplus should go to tax relief, DeCicco-Best intervened, asking the city clerk if such reconsideration risked reopening the entire 2008 budget to debate.Emphasis added. Given DeCicco-Best's famous aptitude for politics during election time, this sudden insensitivity to rudimentary cognitive and linguistic skills can only be a willful exercise to avoid the embarrassment of having to vote against tax relief. This is what has passed for leadership in London over the past seven years.