The rink of whose dreams?
Remember all those councillors running in the last election on being good fiscal stewards of the taxpayers purse. Well, ten councillors and the Mayor threw a little doubt on that fact for me.
Yesterday, the Finance and Economic Committee (FEDCO) voted in favour of the Rink of Our Dreams. This rink will cost about City Hall $250,000 in capital dollars then another $250,000 in operating costs annually. That’s already at least $1M during the term of this council. To use Environment Committee chair, Maria McRae’s favourite time measure, that’s $5M over 20 years; the exact same amount her committee “earned” from Hydro Ottawa’s solar panels. Of the ten councillors on FEDCO, couldn’t at least one of them say there are other priorities on which the city could spend $5M?
So while food banks and community associations struggle to pay the soaring food costs and while seniors have to struggle to find affordable transportation, FEDCO has made it a priority to ensure that we have a smooth ice surface right beside the World’s Largest Skating Rink.
Our City Council has to realize that not every “good idea” can be pursued because in the end, they all cost taxpayers money. In the case of the rink of our dreams, whose dreams?
Let’s see how the other thirteen councillors at full council feel about the rink.
Here are the ten councillors who support spending $5M of taxpayers money over 20 years on a redundant rink:
Rick Chairelli, Peter Clark, Diane Deans, Keith Egli, Allan Hubley, Peter Hume, Maria McRae, Mark Taylor, Doug Thompson, Marianne Wilkinson