Municipality Dollar Foolish
Well here we go again! According to this week’s Promoter newspaper our council is once again in our pockets. This time they are raising water/sewage by 4.5% and garbage by another 3.0%. With these new increases we will now be paying close to double what we were paying for these same services just a few short years ago. As well, they are raising by 6% the municipal electrical distribution system rates to reflect the 6% they recently raised through Fortis that looks after the other half of our municipality’s electrical system. In addition, further increases are expected this fall.
How, pray tell, are people on fixed incomes, such as many of our seniors, and those on low incomes expected to keep up with a mayor, council and administration who have proven time and time again that they are nothing but out of control spendthrifts? Did any of these guys on council ever even take the time to read The Affordable Housing Survey (2008) that clearly shows the demographics and income levels for this area… households in the Crowsnest Pass consistently earn lower average incomes than similar households across the province.
Today, it seems all governments at all levels are out of control, bleeding us dry with a total disregard for the public’s ability to pay, and pay, and keep paying for their good governance. Now add greedy corporations to this list and it’s a wonder that more people are not up in arms, in revolt.
Especially now that we find out in the same Promoter newspaper that “documents obtained by The Promoter show the municipality spent $1.123 million on consultants and contractors over a 17-month period”.
The newly reactivated Ratepayers Association are having their first meeting tonight at 7 pm at the Hillcrest Miner’s Club. This latest news on how our municipal finances are being (mis)managed will just add more fuel to the fire, I’m thinking?
This municipal government has proven time and time again that they are penny wise (think Bellecrest Seniors), but dollar foolish, and soon they will find out… we ain’t going to take it anymore!!
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.