By Ryan McGreal
Published September 14, 2007
Once again, city council has refused to let the threat of facts and arguments get in the way of their decision making.
Yestderday, Don McLean reported on a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting in which city finance manager Joe Rinaldo made a presentation about area rating - the practice of charging different rates for a particular service in different parts of the city.
Two motions came out of that meeting: one to ask for a staff report on ending area rating for transit, and the other to ask for a similar report on other area rated services.
Both motions passed narrowly at the COW (with urban councillors supporting and suburban/rural councillors opposed), but they both died today in full council, with an 8-8 vote split.
To clarify: council didn't vote against ending area rating, they voted against asking staff for a report on ending area rating.
With this kind of mentality at work among our decision makers, it's no wonder Hamilton is still stuck in a closed loop of broken policy.
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