"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

Thursday 6 March 2014

Those Who Pay The Piper Call The Tune

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Guest Post And more":

The Council did not see that one coming. I think they were truly shocked

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 5 March 2014 13:41


I do too.     How  can  that be?   The consultant has been working since 2012.. He was quoted in The Auroran several weeks ago that a "significant minority " were opposed .

He appeared not to think the number  mattered much.

A letter  to the Editor from property owners in response suggested he was misreading the situation.  

Seems they were right. 

A previous delegation indicated strong opposition . The Mayor  was deep in conversation with the
new Depuy-clerk  while that was  being presented. 

A couple  of more "communication"  meetings were provided. 

Seems that's not what was needed.  

On Tuesday,the group were very clear in their mind about what's being proposed 

They are are still opposed and cited solid reasons. 

I think it's time we stopped using consultant studies and went back to the system of Local Improvement Levies. 

The process  allows a neighborhood  to request improvements , a formal process allows signatures  of support to be obtained .

I believe if  75% support  the improvement a special tax levy can be attached to the neighborhood to pay for the improvements.

It's  clean , tidy and fool proof.

 If  enough people  support the improvement are willing to pay for it....it's a go. 

If not...it's a no go.... and  requires  no decision from Council.

Everybody else can relax knowing that those who get the benefit pay the price. 


Anonymous said...

The importance of a " significant minority " depends upon the individuals within that group and how much influence they can have on others. Someone got it badly wrong this time - Cllr Abel feels both groups should attend some public meeting so he can make up his mind who he will support. Maybe those who bring their own cheerleaders ?

Anonymous said...

It must be very upsetting when what one views as just another red herring turns around and bites. I love it.
Happy March Break, Evelyn !

Anonymous said...

Can Aurora get its money back if the consultant messes up ?

Anonymous said...

Heaven help the new Deputy-clerk. Cllr Humfryes was really working her over.