The 1%ers at SAC begged off paying the development charges on their new arena, but can purchase Willow Farm!?! The new section of trail better be protected for residents' use!
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 30 October 2016 at 21:12
An announcement in The Auroran reported an appointment at St Andrew's College recently. It was noted the individual had recently overseen $46 million of development at the college.
Successful lobbying at Aurora Council to forfeit Development Charges on the development was
likely a key point in favour of the appointment.
As I read, I realised the cost to Aurora taxpayers was never revealed.
In a letter to the editor last week,the Mayor outlined rigor observed by Council in decision making .
He noted expert advice from staff is part of the process.
But that's not true.
No advice was offered by the Chief Financial Officer on the college boon-doggle. A delegate appeared at council. He asked and they received. With barely a quibble from the previous council.
When York Region Separate School Board built St Maximillian Kolbe High School on Wellington Street,
they had to appeal to the OMB ,to have an inflated property evaluation corrected In order to reduce the Development Charge. The Board was successful.
Lawyers were employed by town and school board at cost of the same taxpayers. Hearing was also
at public expense of course.
We discovered then Aurora was the only town in the Region that required a public body to
collect from taxpayers to pay taxes to the same base to cover development charges but we did
not learn any of that from the expert advisor.
If St Andrew's has purchased Willow Farm property,further development is likely planned. No
doubt with full confidence the same friends on council will once again gift them the cost of development charges.