Councillor's post, from his perspective,of news of a tender for the 6 acre Mavrinac park . The bid is apparently a third over estimate.Combined cost of land and construction is currently expected to be $5 million. Even those who pushed for the land to be purchased by the town said they would not expect the town to spend that amount.
I opposed transfer of the land from private to public purpose. Full cost is still neither disclosed or acknowledged.
Legal fees to extort the acquisition are not listed.
According to the town's master recreation plan, the neighbourhood is better served with parks than most. The legal process for acquiring land and resources for a park were already satisfied by the subdivision agreement.
Forfeited Revenue from potential development represents an expenditure.
It is anything but efficient financial management. II
In his own words Councillor Mrakas believes the town is better served with more green space than with "legoland housing" and cites studies to show growth does not pay for itself . Every $1 of development revenue costs $1.30 to service.
Tax increases despite new assessment are certainly contra- indicated.
Growth is not to blame.
Council without a glimmer of its purpose is the clear and evident factor.
Numerous examples of senseless extravagance highlight gross financial mis-management during
the last three council terms.
Mavrinac is only the most current.
The park planned for the erstwhile golf course development is another.
Hallmark Cards property has changed from private,revenue producing, to public ownership.
Acres of land around the railway station have been taken out of revenue production to hold hundreds of cars coming in to town to be parked every day.
Queen's York Rangers occupy a town property with a thirty year lease. The town has all the responsibilities of landlord. If that isn't an outright f---g gift, I am a monkey's uncle.
The town parks department was evicted from the building to make room for QYR. That created the need for a new site and architect -designed public works and parks facility.
It's built but incomplete . The project was mis-managed from start to finish just like the one immediately previous. We still don't know the eventual cost. Two of the officials responsible have already flown the coop.
Council has asked for an audit to determine where the fault lies.
" It lies with thee, dear Brutus" it was a mess from the start.They had to appoint a citizen to fill
a vacancy to get the vote they needed.
The Culture Centre's continues to siphon a million dollars annuallyfrom town coffers.
If it's so damned popular why isn't it paying for itself?
The Promenade Plan adopted six years ago at considerable expense has contributed nothing but gobbledigoop to downtown revitalization: zero, zilch, nada, nothing ,Amen my friend.
The list is endless.Councillor Mrakas doesn't know half of it. Their ideas of financial efficiency in municipal management continues what the Mormac cult introduced.
Taking serviced land out of development is absolutely counter-productive .
Soaring costs have far more to do with fungal growth between the ears of those responsible
than it ever has to do with growth of the municipality.