Finally…someone else has noticed the obvious. The City of Thunder Bay is living way beyond its means. City Hall is a bad financial manager. Really bad. Surprise!
You can bet that City Admin will deny everything of course and spit out lots of stats countering the Lakehead University professors’ document titled AN ANALYSIS AND FORECAST OF THE CITY OF THUNDER BAY’S MUNICIPAL FINANCES.
Commisso and Verderamo where busy downplaying the whole process because the authors do not understand municipal finances the way City Hall understands municipal finances. You know…the pros. The people who are paid huge salaries to run this town. Huge salaries. Did I mention they make a lot of money?
Of course, City Hall believes it knows best. Everyone should just stand back and let the experts do their thing. After all, they got us this far.
Trim the budget? Its just not possible! Can’t be done. The budget has already been cut bone deep. How deep you ask? Look here. If budgets are cut any deeper, there will be almost two thousand city employees standing around collecting paychecks with no equipment to use. No paper to push. No gas to power the trucks that drive around and around the city. You see, no place else to cut!
Thunder Bay gets $17 million annually from Tbaytel. What other city in Ontario can say that? That money is on top of the property taxes the city collects. On top of the millions the province of Ontario gives the city every year. No mention of that cash.
Then Commisso unleashed the well worn spectre of service cuts. Ooooooooo. Scary! Notice that, whenever service cuts are brought up, there is no mention what services might be cut. No cuts are ever identified. Why not?
Maybe City Admin is worried that taxpayers might not find some of those cuts so scary. Might like them even. Can’t have that. Cut services…..then you need less administration….slippery slope.
There has to be a way to deliver services for less. It boils down to wages and benefits of city employees. They are too high…They are ALL too high. Bargaining unit and management.
I have not seen any reference to this story of the Chronicle Journal website….so far. Interesting. Very telling. Maybe tomorrow? Maybe never?
This city costs too much to run. Its that simple. I have said it for quite a while now.