Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Budget iIs A Process":
Council should just cut away all the debris that
staff has added to the pile. If there is not need, there should be no payments.
If everyone saw it as I do and the above commenter, that's what would happen.
Until now, the majority have seen merit in stashing funds for the future. Requiring current residents and businesses to pay for servicesthey will not receive is apparently acceptable.
They have likely never been in the situation of having tochoose between bills to pay.
Or visit a food bank, to stay ahead of the debt collector.
A basic requirement of taxation is clarity and comprehension.. .
Municipalities are not permitted to budget for surplus or deficit.
Population is not static. Properties are bought and sold constantly.
Rebates cannot made to departing owners/ Taxes are applied to property.
Basic fairness dictates taxes collected in excess in one year should be immediately applied against the next year's costs.
It's not happening.
Reserves of private funds, for repairs and replacement. make sense. . .
Funds generated by taxation against property are not private.
Municipalities have a right to take only what's needed to pay for services in the year provided.
The year of the budget forecast
Councillor Thompson seeks comparators with other municipalities as a guide.
It's not useful. Treasurers within the Region conference regularly to ensure the choir sings from the same page.
Public servants expect to defend the budget against gimlet scrutiny cut nd slash of elected officials.
In Aurora, Councillors and the Mayor. take positions in defense of the budget forecast.
So the administration has the additional benefit of Council support.
Taxpayers have a fractured Council.
I suspect ,Councillor Pirri finds the role comfortable . He doesn't pay taxes .
The Treasurer attributes my logic to philosophical differences.
Nothing of the kind.
I expect to pay for services received. I pay for many I do not use.
But I feel no obligation to pay for a stash to "stabilise" tax pressures for future residents
Piss on that.
Nothing persuades me there is equity in that process.
I acknowledge no authority to compel me to submit quietly to having my pockets picked.