Friday, January 14, 2005




The London Fog's London 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 Tuesday April 19
Where there is debt there is a contractual responsibility to pay off or at least acknowledge the debt and make interest payments…
Tilting at the windfalls Thursday Aprl 14
Londoners are also paying provincial taxes to provide "windfalls" for other municipalities in a giant public relations game…
Predictable Tuesday April 12
Council doesn't need to reopen the budget to have organizations lining up for trough money…
Maybe now we can have a parade! Friday April 1
London is to receive further spoils from the province. The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund rears its ugly head…
"almost makes me want to break out in a rash" Thursday March 3
This years budget hasn't even been passed and already the city managers are predicting further tax increases for Londoners next year…
The future of the JLC? Wednesday March 2
If Fanshawe Pioneer Village closes, I will considering inviting Gord Hume over for dinner…
Anne Marie is smiling Thursday February 24
So you know something has gone very wrong…
The farce of the democratic process Sunday February 20
Imagine all the money that could be saved if we dispensed with elections altogether…
Paydirt! And my income tax refund is a bonus, too… Saturday February 19
The City of London has announced a "golly gee, we're even better than we thought" surplus of $12 million...
It's only 6.63% - and it's London's 150th besides Wednesday January 26
The verdict is in: only a 6.63% increase, compared to last years 5.9% tax hike. Wonder what's in store for Londoners next year...
I admit defeat Tuesday January 25
I am afraid to say, after much thought and deliberation, that there is nothing positive about London...
"Londoners can no longer afford their local government" Monday January 24
The city council and the London Free Press would like to have us believe that we will be fortunate if property taxes are increased by less than 7.3 per cent...
No wonder that report was kindly kept away from council: they don't care and it makes them look bad Sunday January 23
Yet another scandal at city hall...
How much is your property worth to us? Saturday January 22
There's nothing like budget time to bring out the wailing and gnashing of teeth by people you've never heard of before but seem to have a pretty clear idea of how to dispose of your property...
The continuing saga of London's financial crisis Friday January 21
The numbers below illustrate the mixed up priorities of those in charge of the budget...
Bitch slappin' and name calling Friday January 21
Ian Gillespie highlights the combative nature of Wednesday's marathon budget meeting...
City staff gets larger still Thursday January 20
Council's answer to the nationwide health care crisis: hire someone else to deal with it and give them a good salary in addition...
City councillors stomachs grumbling in marathon budget smokescreening Thursday January 20
Just as promised, Gosnell and Co. are selflessly working toward saving taxpayers money...
Passing the blame and missing the point Tuesday January 18
Never mind that capital budget Mr. Gosnell - blame it on downloading in hopes of redirecting some of the justifiable taxpayer wrath toward the provincial government and away from London City Council's profligate spending habits...
More budget scraps... Monday January 17
That's just it folks - the only real way to reach 'public consensus' is to let individuals decide for themselves which services they value and wish to pay for...
We're only in it for the money Saturday January 15
It is budget time in London, and so it starts to get even stinkier here than usual...
More budget lunacy ..... Friday January 14
At this rate, 7.8% sounds optimistic...
Knife misses capital budget and hits Londoners in the back instead Thursday Jan. 13
The sad but predictable story of London Budget 2005 continues...
Budget Scraps - Babies, nannies and horses and buggies Wednesday Jan. 12
A few comments from some of the looters 'winners' in this years scramble for a piece of the pie...
Budget Antics 2005 Wednesday Jan. 12
London was shrouded in a thick fog today, I imagine brought about by the Almighty to express his disapproval...
They always get so cranky when they stay up past their bedtime Tuesday Jan. 11
If I don't see those lights out in five minutes, I'm coming upstairs!
Sing a song of 7.81% Tuesday Jan. 11
Now that the budget is pretty much set, The London Fog is happy to announce that we're holding a London 150 Song Contest...
London Ontario — a sinking ship Tuesday Jan. 11
We're screwed...
Damned if you do, damned if you don't... Monday Jan. 10
Susan Eagle wouldn't want to miss out on public funds and publicity of course and as usual she completely misses the point...
“Smart Growth” is just dumb economics by Dr. Kim Ainslie, reproduced with permission. Published Monday Jan. 10
The “smart growth” policy mantra is becoming firmly entrenched at London city hall these days...
Pay for it yourself Sunday Jan. 9
I cannot believe the audacity of some people! Take! Take! Take!
150 years of robbery and theft Friday Jan. 7
Of course the budget crisis in London is the fault of the province - it has nothing to do with capital projects...
Pass the buck — blame it on the province Thursday Jan. 6
London businesses are saddled with Ontario's highest property-tax rates, a just-completed tax analysis shows...
London proudly upholds time honoured tradition Wednesday Jan. 5
JAN. 5 , 1917: 'Strife and muddle' plague city hall...
London celebrates 150 years of corruption Sunday Jan. 2
But birthday parties don't come cheap...
City Hall’s Cynical Budget Politics by Dr. Kim Ainslie, reproduced with permission. Published Thursday Dec. 9, 2004
We live in a cynical world and city hall is practising some pretty cynical budget politics...

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