he inability to prioritize expenditures isn’t limited to The Simpsons’ Mayor Quimby. And I wanted to send a message to
The whole concept of wants vs. needs seems to be lost on today’s governments. I wanted to remind ‘em a little.
BTW, this piece comes with a cool geeky back story: I wrote and filed it wirelessly late Wednesday night from the hotel's lobby. I read the paper off of my PalmPilot - which I had synced just before settling on the topic. I'm getting used to the virtual office thing. I can think of worse ways to get work done.
faces tough budget decisions London
Published Friday, October 21, 2005
Free Press London
It’s good to see the city seeking public input as it tries to pare down the wish list of capital projects for next year’s municipal budget.
We are no different than any other city: relentless downloading by provincial and federal governments has severely strained
’s ability to provide a full range of municipal services while keeping tax rates in check. It’s been a losing battle for years, and it won’t get better. London
Piled on top of this government-caused mess is a global economy that grows more tenuous with each passing day.
The time for municipal austerity is now. Whatever we don’t absolutely need should be pitched – now. Extra overpasses are nice, but not critical to the city’s well-being. Widened roads make little sense in a city where rush hour is 11 cars at a red light. The police headquarters expansion might need a rethink if costs continue to balloon.
City leaders must learn to ignore the special interest groups who scream the loudest. The taxpayers who pay the bills deserve no less.