"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

Tuesday 11 August 2015


I wentmto Google for an update and found reference to a figure of $3million cost for Hamilton's legal  battle with the Federal government. It's not clear  the issue is only about the Bylaw requiring the Feds to obtain a permit  at $200. for each mail box location. Apparently there are 400 immediate locations. 

In the argument, the city's lawyer points out the City of Oakville receives  a payment of $50. From the Feds for each location. it's not identified as a permit fee. We didn't hear about Oakville spending $3 million on a court battle with another  level of government . The story seems to suggest the arrangement was made by agreement. Which suggests these things can be worked out without court action. 

Of course the $3 million could have been paid from city insurance . Hamilton's bylaw was 
challenged by the Federal government. 

As we have seen in Aurora, extraordinary payouts for litigation resulted in premium increase the following year. 

Premiums are part of a municipality's operating budget. Therefore taxes must be collected enough to pay the premiums. 

$3 million dollars may be a drop in the bucket for Hamilton.  It would be unlikely to cost less 
to challenge an Aurora Bylaw. 

If $850,000  in litigation fees resulted in 41% increase in premiums, $3 million would mean the  increase would be three  and a half times that amount. 

It's kind of fun tossing figures about as if they are not actually real.

We spent $2. 470 million for 6 acres of land we don't actually have a use for. The need was not identified in any economic forecast. It came out of a reserve set up by bylaw for a specific purpose. 

But...what the hell... why worry about the pesky details? People aren't paying any attention anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are probably correct about people not paying attention. They do seem to take some notice around budget time however, and the way we are going there are likely to be problems well before then.