Common Sense in Municipal Budgets

Blog, Municipal Government, Les Routledge

It is hard to believe, but one of the presenters in the Toronto municipal budget consultations came up with well reasoned, solid advice.

Obviously, this person must be an anti-social misfit who does not understand how political budgeting processes work.

Were the city to raise fees for middle-class people like him (while keeping them lower for needy residents), he says, it could easily afford to maintain threatened programs and even expand them to meet demand. “All I am asking is: Give us the chance to pay for these programs. Those of us who can afford to pay should pay.”

It is also worth the time to read the comments on the article.  One comment reveals that he suggested using pre-paid cards to avoid the stigma of low income residents being offered lower fees.