Dear Mayor and Members of Council,
I've been following the ongoing discussions regarding the renovations of Hamilton City Hall.
As a resident and taxpayer in Hamilton, I certainly appreciate the desire to manage costs and keep taxes low.
However, I believe that there are certain instances where saving a few million dollars can end up doing more harm than good. The current reno plans for city hall must be viewed in a broader context. This isn't just another building being reno'd in a corner of the city where folks won't notice it.
This is our seat of government. City Hall represents our city to newcomers, visitors, residents and investors alike.
A few points that I would like to share with you:
I encourage council to look at this project as a legacy project. I appreciate the desire to shave off a few million from the cost, but as a taxpayer, I happily support spending the extra millions in order to get a city hall that we can all be proud of and hold up as a standard for other developers to follow in our city.
We don't need a Taj Mahal, but we certainly deserve better than concrete and aluminum. The steel, marble and tile mosaics are what make this building so stunning.
Let's make the right decision with the image and future of our city in mind.
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