Comment 86846

By Noted (anonymous) | Posted February 27, 2013 at 07:56:11

City manager Chris Murray says Hamilton is going to argue its reduced ability to pay deserves special treatment. To that end, the city intends to use a 2008 provincial report on municipal fiscal health to bolster its position.

“They recognize the fact that we are in need of some special attention,” according to Murray.

“In terms of our fiscal health, we are deemed to be in relatively poor fiscal health … versus everyone else in the GTA.”

Hamilton is also playing a variation of that hand to scoot around the fact Metrolinx considers fighting traffic congestion one of the key priorities in the next wave of projects.

Unlike most GTA municipalities queuing up for funding, Hamilton is building its business case on entirely different merits.

“We’re not asking for it on the basis of congestion, but for a multifaceted city-building imitative,” said Don Hull, city director of transportation.

“We’re asking for special consideration.”


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