Posted October 18, 2013
This is a copy of a letter to the editor sent October 4 to the Guelph Tribune. It was not published. No reason was given. This is another example of the public being blocked in expressing themselves. As stakeholders in the Corporation of Guelph, citizens have the right to criticize without being personal or libelous. It appears the editor of the Tribune seems to believe this did not meet the paper’s standards of editorial content.
You be the judge. Is this letter fair comment or not?
The major article on the front page “Council feels left out of budget loop” (Tribune 3 Oct 13) was absolutely astounding with the admission by the mayor that the setting of priorities for capital spending was: “for us it is a black box”.
This comes from someone who has been mayor for almost ten years.
It is a complete dereliction of duty, that after 10 years wherein she played a role of some sort in annual budget approvals, she can be so clueless about what goes into the capital budget.
Is this the same due diligence she and her like minded tax and spend cohorts on council have carried out on operating budgets?
The “revisiting” of the police headquarters upgrading that has seen it spiral out of control from a $13.6 million total cost by an additional $20.4 million in ”new money” to $34 million is all too typical of the administration.
The council should send a clear message to the CFO and police chief that the budget for upgrading has been zeroed until it is clearly studied by councillors and some competent budget analysis provided in an open forum, rather than in a backroom.
An admittedly, by the chief, flawed functional 2010 operational analysis carried out by the police services raises the question of competence of those who did it and reviewed it. Additionally, one has to wonder how much have architects been paid for generating 4 “upgrading” options that are pegged at $34 million.
The horror stories generated by the mayor, council, and the administration are never ending.
Glen N. Tolhurst