Let’s get this straight: Londoners are being stuck with a billion-dollar bill to repair the city’s sewers barely six years after committing to spend $500 million over the next 20 years. Since then, sewer rates have jumped 43 per cent, with residents paying double, triple, and even quadruple what big box stores pay.
Call me a sheep, because I’m feeling fleeced.
It bugs me to see big box stores getting bigger and richer on my taxpayer dime. Bad enough they drive urban sprawl and suck the lifeblood out of our cities: now we learn they’re not paying their fair share.
Our helpful civic leaders shift the burden onto taxpayers by giving these leviathans sweetheart deals on service costs and building wider roads to accommodate them. One wonders what else the big boxers get away with, and what it’ll cost us in the years to come.
Something smells, but it isn’t the sewers. Look to the corner of Dufferin and Wellington.
Me again: For the record, Dufferin & Wellington is where City Hall is located.
Your turn: So are today's cities laying down and giving the keys to the kingdom away to soulless big box operators? Are we being paved out of existence?