July 20: Wainfleet council’s decision on new fire station mimics upper-tier colleagues spending money the municipality doesn’t have, plus other Niagara letters to the editor

Better disband the Niagara region

Subject: Municipalities working in silos, Letters, July 15

One of the reasons for the Wainfleet Fire Hall mess is a directive from the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario that Wainfleet’s rather impressive department should clean up its law, mostly paperwork and unresponsive records. to the standards of paper-pushing bureaucrats and had little to do with the skill and performance of the volunteer firefighters themselves.

The fact that this current township council has adopted this as its mission and legacy has little to do with a lower-tier municipality preventing a dysfunctional regional council from becoming the best option for moving forward. ‘before.

Wainfleet advisers merely imitate their higher-level colleagues, spending money they don’t have in hopes that their names will be remembered.

If the letter writer truly believes that bigger and bigger government and an ever-increasing number of well-paid bureaucrats are the solution to Niagara’s problems, I would suggest that he or she take a look at our current governments in federal and provincial levels.

Forcing the 12 lower-tier municipalities to merge only serves to further reduce the influence of the 12 communities having a say in the future of their families and the homes they choose.

It is far better to dissolve the regional government of Niagara entirely. It may be messy at first, but with 12 municipalities suddenly doubling their budgets, who knows, even Wainfleet Council might be able to make a rational case for this new fire station.

Tax policy

Re: Property assessment delay will cause ‘sticker shock’ on tax bill, St. Catharines Council Budget Committee warns, June 24

I read with interest the article on property assessment hikes caused by late reassessments and a sharp rise in property values.

What I don’t understand is how the city is doing with the current taxes generated from the 2016 assessments.

Staying current by adjusting for inflation seems reasonable.

Budget responsibly and set the mill rate accordingly. A 25% increase in property assessment should not mean a 25% increase in taxes.

I believe that our mayor is the one who plays “politics on politics”.

Poilievre on the way

As a Conservative, I’m ashamed to admit that Pierre Poilievre is on his way to federal leadership and apparently leading the parade of misfits who want the job.

His use of sloppy rhetoric and the public welcome of Canadian insurgency leaders only serves to cultivate the haters, the resisters and the paranoid. He plays on Canadians’ worst instincts and like his populist heroes Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, he will say or do anything to achieve his leadership goal.

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