Comment 28237

By arienc (registered) | Posted January 19, 2009 at 13:13:52

I find it rather ironic that mayors are looking for big government help in building more infrastructure.

The biggest cost on the property tax bill is of course...maintenance of all that public infrastructure.

Unless any new infrastructure built replaces old infrastructure that is costly to maintain, or is able to be used to generate new revenues or efficiencies, we merely create a burden for our descendants to pay the bill to maintain down the road.

I'd rather we use any stimulus to make sure we catch up on overdue maintenance of existing infrastructure, and only put in new infrastructure where there is a pressing need for efficiency improvements (e.g. things like LRT). Not sexy, but we run the risk of burdening future generations with too much stuff to have to look after, and all of it in poor condition.

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