Coun­cil not show­ing strong lead­er­ship

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: LRT and city coun­cil

The big­gest dis­ser­vice to Hamil­ton is a mayor and coun­cil push­ing LRT down 11 kilo­me­tres of King Street.

Dis­rupt­ing busi­nesses and com­muters at­tempt­ing to travel in and around Hamil­ton is not sound judg­ment. It is fairly ev­i­dent that the ma­jor­ity of Hamil­to­ni­ans do not feel this project is war­ranted and the only last­ing ef­fect is mas­sive tax in­creases and main­te­nance costs that are un­known and un­nec­es­sary.

For far too long this coun­cil has ne­glected the nec­es­sary in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in the lower city. Be­ing a home­owner for over 36 years and pay­ing a higher tax rate in Ward 1 it is dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend why the old in­fra­struc­ture in the core has not been im­proved upon. Coun­cil­lors in these wards al­lowed coun­cil to im­pose a higher tax rate than all the other ex­ist­ing wards. Why is that? Are we all not a part of the Greater Hamil­ton? Ap­par­ently not when in 36 years there has been very lit­tle im­prove­ment in the lower city.

Tax dol­lars have been di­verted to­ward in­di­vid­ual ward projects, low in­ter­est loans to pri­vate de­vel­op­ers, ex­or­bi­tant ren­tal agree­ments for tem­po­rary mu­nic­i­pal of­fice space, mid­dle road park­ing and cre­at­ing grid­lock down­town, and the list goes on.

We elected these in­di­vid­u­als ex­pect­ing fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity to the res­i­dents of Hamil­ton and so far they ap­pear to be ir­re­spon­si­ble. Ted Lazich, Hamil­ton

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