Comment 35767

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted November 26, 2009 at 12:56:45

To James and Rural in Nature:

Why should transit, fire and community centres be treated any differently than any other municipal services?

I understand the frustration of not having HSR at your doorstep, but if you want "pay for play" for transit then it should be "pay for play" for all services.

Check out this report from Ottawa which says that 10% of the population was rural, but they spent 44% of the road budget servicing them:

It would be interesting to see the numbers for Hamilton.

It may not be fair for rural residents to pay for buses that don't pass through their neighbourhoods, but it's equally unfair for urban dwellers to pick up the tab for long stretches of road connecting sprawling rural properties.

It looks to me like suburban/rural wards want the best of both worlds - they want the whole city to pick up the tab for "necessary services" (i.e. services that benefit them the most), but they consider any services that benefit them the least as "unnecessary" and want a pay-for-use model for those alone.

My direct question is: if you so desperately want "pay-for-use" for transit, why aren't you fighting for the same for every other service?

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