Debunking the mantra that growth is good, Halton council voted yesterday to forgo the hookup of sewage and water pipes for any new development, until appropriate fees can be negotiated.
"Growth is not paying for itself," said Regional chair Gary Carr. "Until it does, we are not going to continue to grow. It's as simple as I can put it."
Part of the challenge for Halton, is the stress all these new residents are putting on the regional healthcare system.
"The tipping point seems to be the increasing sums the region is being told to pay for badly needed new and renovated hospitals," reports the Star, "which councillors say will place an unacceptable drain on municipal budgets. Those new homes would bring an extra 120,000 residents to an already overloaded hospital system over the next 13 years."
In cash-strapped times such as this it pays to ask the simple question â€“ how much does growth cost?
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