Re: "Councillors’ perks intact," Apr. 24:
I’d first like to start off by saying how ridiculous it is to read almost every day in Metro about more money that our city council is needlessly squandering, when we have a city on the brink of bankruptcy.
I think it is extremely selfish with the wages these councilors are paid, that they still "require" all their little perks that cost this city too much money.
Unless Toronto wants to declare bankruptcy it may be a smart idea to do away with needless spending until the deficit of the city is lowered.
To read the quote by Councillor Doug Holyday: "I just didn’t think it was a big deal," to keep their free golf passes that all councilors are provided along with some for friends and family.
It is a big deal; why else would they have voted on it?
I was surprised and proud of Mayor David Miller for voting against them (the passes).
When you’re on the brink of bankruptcy, every penny counts, and when after school programs are losing funding and our transit system is in dire need of everything, every penny counts.
Instead of focusing on the one cent of GST that Miller is so insistent big cities get from our federal government, it would be more beneficial to be proactive and cut out costs that really are not necessary; i.e.: expansion of the mayor’s office, and perks such as season’s golf passes.
If everyone on council made small sacrifices like those, I bet it wouldn’t be too long before they noticed more money in the city’s account rather than debt and frustration. Positive thinking yields positive results.
Unfortunately the city of Toronto tends to be negative about all their so-called plights.
If Toronto’s council could proactively show the federal government that they can do it on their own, perhaps the federal government may be more inclined to then pass some of the money our way, once they know it’s going to be managed properly, and not squandered as in the past and present.