The seven-year itch hits Guelph politics

March 22, 2014

Not content to bleed the taxpayer’s ability to pay, our Mayor now wants to force property taxpayers to pay special levies to redevelop the Baker Street parking lot and stimulate commercial/industrial development.

Seems the administration has finally awakened to find the cupboard bare and is now looking for ways to increase revenue to meet its array of dodgy projects and surrealistic long range planning. The level of debt has maxed out that option because the city has to cough up $34 million for a new police headquarters.

The Farbridge green team is strong on long range planning but fails in the ability to pay for its cock-eyed dreams of a social state nirvana.

The litany of broken dreams and promises smothers the city like hot fudge on a birthday cake. Trouble is, the administration is the fudge, and citizens are the cake.

Using the levers of power, the Mayor and her team have by-passed real public input and comment. Instead their staged events are either loaded with supporters, staff or consultants but rarely elected officials.

This is how we get a multi-million dollar waste centre, the thing we used to call the dump that fails to meet the needs of the city but whose services are offered to other municipalities. Your tax dollars went into this project without your say or input or knowing to this day how much it costs to operate it.

A $15 million cart-based waste collection system was arbitrarily imposed on all city residences and businesses and fails to service more than 6,400 households.

While this and other projects may please some, there are a lot of residents who feel too much of the city’s business is conducted behind closed doors. To say that the public is fully informed of the administration’s decisions is a charade.

The city’s communications are carefully composed to lull you to sleep. The two local newspapers are complicit at times with the city message and often fail to offer both sides of the story.

This results in a situation of controlling the message at will with no ability to question or be informed of those decisions that affect all citizens.

In the past few months, the administration hired a Toronto consultant to advise them on how to operate an open and transparent government in Guelph. The cost of this exercise was $100,000

After almost eight years in office, the Far bridge-dominated administration seeks professional advice on how to run an open and transparent government.

The odd part of this decision is why now and what will change?

Is this not an admission that for all that time, the administration did not operate in and open and transparent fashion? That was a key platform issue that Karen Farbridge promised on the eve of her election in 2006.

This is classic Farbridge tactics, to use the people’s money to reinforce her message image and track record.

Remember when she promised to “put Guelph back on track?”

That is some record and some track.

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4 responses to “The seven-year itch hits Guelph politics

  1. Tony.

    Toothbrushes

    The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on salesmanship.

    Little Sally led off. “I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30” she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”
    “Very good”, said the teacher.

    Little Debbie was next. “I sold magazines” she said, ” I explained to everyone that the magazines would keep them up to date on current affairs, I sold heaps and I made $45.”
    “Very good, Debbie”, said the teacher.

    Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467”, he said.
    “$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”
    “Toothbrushes”, said Little Johnny.
    “Toothbrushes”, echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make that much money?”
    “I found the busiest corner in town”, said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog poop!” Then I would say, “It is dog poop, you wanna buy a toothbrush?” I used the POLITICANS method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it looks good, telling you it’s free, and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth.”
    Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his little heart!

  2. joe Black

    Stop the gravy train .

  3. Shane

    I think it is a perfect example

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