Comment 56413

By goin'downtown (registered) | Posted January 14, 2011 at 17:35:28

Am responding to the local economic spin-off of TC games. If there were, shall I say "desirable" or cool places to go within a stone's throw, I would be patronizing them before and after games, and would have for the past 25 years. Since there really hasn't been, the pre/post venue has been home, a restaurant/pub close to home, or, in the case of "group" attendance, we find a mutually acceptable place to go - whether it be a pub or someone's house. I can only speak for my own social and spending habits, but I don't think Ward 3 sees too much money spent in their ward before or after a TC game.

It would be nice to see the City produce some accurate data covering economic spin-off from TC Games (it wasn't available on Wednesday night), IWS (aside from TC), HECFI facilities, and Parks & Rec facilities, complete with demographics, revenues/expenses, and balance sheets. Would like to see what types of activities/areas get the biggest financial boost, and what are financially neglected. I'm guessing there's not a councillor who has ever seen such a thing; it would appear to me that so many aspects of municipal governance are handled independent of other expenditures/departments, resulting in the typical "right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing" syndrome.

I have no issue with using taxes to provide/support cultural/recreational benefits for the community, but, yeah, of course - within reason.

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