Comment 35755

By jason (registered) | Posted November 26, 2009 at 09:02:27

James, I agree with much of your frustration when it comes to Hamilton's politicians playing footsies with friends and backroom dealings and with the provincial transfer payment nonsense, but a couple of your points need some clarification.

  1. It's not just 'old city of Hamilton' politicians that are caught in backroom deals. We recently found out about the $2 million kickback the city hall developers are going to receive due to keeping the project early and under budget. Ancaster's councillor is in charge of this project. Instead of spending that $2 million to upgrade to limestone, we are giving it away.

  2. You say Waterdown residents don't want or need Hamilton to provide improved services.
    Who then, paid the bulk of the cost to run new water/sewer infrastructure out there over the past 4 decades to make all the new growth possible? Who is paying for the new upgrades to Hwy 6 and new ramps at the 403? Who pays the increased snow removal and garbage pickup tabs for the new mega Hwy 6 and widened Hwy 5 etc.....

I remember when Bob Wade was running for mayor and at a public forum someone asked him if it's true that old city of Hamilton taxpayers had paid for 2/3 of all necessary infrastructure that made the Meadowlands possible. He replied "yes that sounds about right. Hamilton is the biggest city in the region".

It's important to remember that Flamborough doesn't bring as much annual tax money to the city as Ward 8 all by itself. Ward 8! It's largely suburban on the west Mountain. I'd love to see the numbers from Wards 1, 2, 3 or 4.

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