I watch my pennies closely and try to save money any chance I get. How else can I explain why I wash tinfoil so I can re-use it? So why am I not applauding the recent cuts councillors have voted on at city hall? Last week it waived the $6.50/month fee for the new green cart recycling program until the end of 2017. A gesture that will cost the Fiscal Stability Fund, also known as the rainy day fund, 13 million dollars. This week council agreed to reduce the rate hike for water and wastewater fees. Instead of an 8.3 percent hike homeowners will see rates go up by 2.5 percent.
As I said off the top I like to save money but I am skeptical about the ‘breaks’ councillors are giving us. I’m not the first person to question why these savings can be found in 2017, an election year? We’ve been in the current economic downturn for two years now. Why wasn’t our council giving us a break last year.
I question the nickel and dime approach. I know $78 ($6.50 x 12 months) is a lot of money for a lot of people but for those who can’t afford the monthly increase there are bigger issues that the city should be addressing.
I want a guarantee that after the 2017 election a newly elected council doesn’t turn around and hike up fees to make up for today’s so-called ‘savings’.