"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 20 September 2014

You were asking

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Anything can happen in politics":

Perhaps someone will ask why team baseball has been banned from the Town Park as " disruptive ". The world does not spin on more soccer fields

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 20 September 2014 17:03


I have heard about baseball being banned in the town park. And told it is not so. I do know in minor hockey the association is responsible for scheduling who plays where and when.

I have heard soccer and minor hockey are not members of Sport Aurora. We hear the number of organizations. Never hear who they are. 

Aurora sports have representation on the parks and recreation committee.

Unless a problem is brought to Council's attention, I don't think it's my job to be poking my nose in where it's not needed.


It would certainly not be wise for the M.P. to endorse a candidate. There is potential to lose more support than gained.


Hard copies of candidates two page "synopsis" of plans for sport and recreation facilities are to be distributed to attendees at the candidates meeting.


There's some crazy stuff going on in the a campaign trail. I don't want to be dragged into that.


If we terminated the culture contract, took over Church Street School, operated the facility with user fees, we could reduce taxes by 3 points in the mill rate. That's close to a million dollars reduction in the tax bill.

If we stopped using external lawyers and consultants to tell us what to decided  and made our own decisions, we could save another point in the mill rate.

If we charged user fees to everybody who uses facilities, we might not earn more but at least we would be treating everyone equally.

Last year we provided a budget if $197,000 to celebrate the town's sesquicentennial.

As far as I can tell, it was the Mayor's idea.

The committee did everything with $100,000, including a time capsule.

There's $97,000 left.

We now have a plan to spend another $10,000 for a war memorial DVD if the Legion or Queen's York Rangers are interested in such a project.

Turns out, according to Councillor Humfreys, Queen's York Rangers are in the process of planning
an anniversary celebration of their own. $10,000 will undoubtedly come in very handy to finance their plans.

We are planning to put what's left of the Sesquicentennial budget which was twice as much as it needed to be, back where it came from....Council's Discretionary Fund.

The fund derives from Hydro Reserve interest.

In the 2014 budget, in order to be less dependent, the draw from interest that helped to reduce taxes,
was reduced.

Now we're looking for ways to spend it.

Go Figure...


Anonymous said...

The Centre is having a fund-raiser just prior to the election. I might question the timing but approve of any sign that they might be looking to be less of a drain on the town.

Anonymous said...

An election platform needs to be fully costed or it's not worth the paper its printed on......