Comment 59968

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:02:19 in reply to Comment 59960

@mrgrande

Technically, the budgets have been public, but you have to ask for them through City Hall. It's possible some Councillors have shared these budgets with constituents, although I have no proof of this.

I've known about the Councillor contributions budgets for a few years, but it was Mayor Bratina's photo op that brought this to a head for me.

Added to that, budget deliberations are underway. Despite what some see as a "pittance", I can tell you from my strategic planning days as a consultant to organizations of all sizes, when you focus the passion and the energy of all employees in an organization on generating ideas to save money and by extension jobs (and the City of Hamilton has 8,000 employees) it's remarkable what people will find themselves.

When cost cutting is done to them, they run for cover. When they're asked honestly to contribute to achieving a compelling vision, employees are remarkably innovative. And yes, even if it's only $100 for some, and $10,000 for others, it all counts. I've seen many organizations save themselves from being shut down by finding such "pittances" at every level of the organization.

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