But I do know who I will not be voting for. If we hear any body else intone “wasteful spending”, “taxes are too high” (without the explanation of a solution), “I am for the people” and other useless election phrases we hear every four years from candidates without imagination or the brains to offer solutions, we will, as a commenter once put here “puke”.
Hands up all those voters who have seen a candidate with a new idea, we have, but mainly it is an idea based on using somebody else’s money. There have been a couple of good ideas about sustainability and how to use the Tannery Lands, but are they realistic?
But we save our criticism for the fearmongers. One candidate for Deputy Mayor is spouting vitriol about Cobourg’s next year’s tax increase. “Cobourg is going to raise taxes by 19%” he wails. But this information is from a budget projection. An email from City Hall explains the process: “The bulk of this increase is reflected in the “Capital Levy” line near the bottom of the page. For 2014 this line was $545,700 and for 2015 it is showing as $3,450,900 or an increase of $2,905,200. This by itself would be an increase of 14%.When we come to review the 2015 budget with the new Council, the capital portion of the budget will almost certainly change significantly. As well, there will be other sources of funding such as federal gas tax and development charges that would come into play to reduce the impact on the tax base.” Last years projection for this was a big one too, but as we know this wishlist gets hacked to pieces and brought into reality, the decision to build a $4million dollar works yard (which covers off most of the increase) will be brought into line, by debenturing and the use of the revenue tools mentioned in the email) or else it will not happen.
Cobourg, unlike Port Hope, is a place of stability, here we bitch about the people on Council not what Council does, although occasionally the public does get riled up, consequently all we will be voting for are new players not new directions. So who do we toss off? We have to remove before considering replacement. I am going to remove the incumbents who I feel have not explained themselves well in the past term, do we really know what some of them think – they haven’t uttered a thought in public for years ……. Placeholders! We need imaginative and thoughtful people, that rules out those who haven’t said much in the campaign that is different from the incumbents. We need a mix of ages on the new Council and we need a gender balance. In other words no more a preponderance of “dead white guys” who are available because they are retired and want something to do. Council work is not a retirement project!
So it’s up to you Cobourg, let’s meet the new world on Monday evening.