Comment 27903

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted December 15, 2008 at 11:21:38

Unreal, what you don't see is the lost business elsewhere. Obviously if you hang around where the city employees now work, of course you will see more of them. That doesn't mean there is a net benefit to the whole city simply because you move them from A to B.

If you really want downtown Hamilton to pick up, I am really coming around to the idea of basing politicians' pay on how much they increase property values. Since property values reflect the quality of life in a city, rewarding politicians who increase this number makes it more likely that they will focus their decisions to do this very thing.

Of course, when property values rise in Hamilton, the big winners will be every property owner, since every dollar increase will be pure equity. It only seems fair to me that the politicians should be rewarded commensurate to the value they create for their clients.

By refusing to reward wise decision making, we're probably getting exactly what we pay for.

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