Healthcare isn't within the purview of municipal government, 18:20. You're not just dealing in apples and oranges, you've confusedly mixed up all levels of government into some kind of fruit salad.
(BTW, your dollar total re: the purchase of contract is too big.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 24 February 2017 at 20:21
"Health care is not within the purview of municipal government"
That is a correct statement. It is not wrong.
And ....it begs the question of why we have a Public Health Board with a medical Doctor in charge
and public health nurses on the municipal payroll more than fifty years after the advent of
Government Health Plan .
And....while true different levels of government impose, collect and spend tax dollars ,there is but one level of taxpayer to foot all the bills.
The Ontario government has decided to pay for sex change surgery .
Without going into intricate details, such cannot be cheap. Equally obviously ,the surgery is not
a question of life and death or even good health, so-to-speak.
If there a valid comparison between sex-change and saving the life of a sick child, I don't see it.
That's a contrast between apples and oranges?
The comment above states the figure given for purchase of culture ,$500,000,is too high.
A day or two ago,a calendar of events was posted to prove a point; quartets,piano concerts,
youth art exhibits and such.
No financial details accompanied the documentation.
A charity group has used the facility for an annual craft show.
They can only have it on a Sunday.
If another group with greater priority comes along after it's booked ,the charity group gets dumped.
Rent for the space for the day is $800.00.
The Culture Board pays no rent. Makntenance and utilities are provided at no cost.
At the beginning of the contract , $350,000 cash was transferred from the town treasury.
Maintenance costs were calculated at $147.000 a year.
Renovation of the facility cost $3million. It was turned over rent free.
Each year since, increase in funding has been provided on request.
Maintenance, utilities and rent are still nil, although cost has undoubtedly increased.
What started as half a million dollars from the town must perforce be substantially higher.
Revenue from events certainly must keep the coffers overflowing.
We can call it shoveling money into re-election for current council members. Or we can call it support for the arts.
Whatever we call it, Aurora taxpayers are getting the shaft.
More so now than in the beginning .