Wednesday, December 4th Commentary
Have you noticed the Ford boys are still playing their political games in a desperate bid to get Rob Ford re-elected as mayor.
They're still harping on the notion that the gravy train hasn't been derailed and as proof of that they've pointed to the proposed operating budget for next year which carries a property tax increase above Mayor Ford's promise of 1.75 percent.
Two days ago, the mayor said that promise could be kept if spending were reduced by just 18 million dollars and that he could easily find 50-million in efficiencies.
As diplomatic as he can be the city manager Joe Pennachetti is calling B.S. on the Ford's.
For starters Pennachetti says the proposed operating budget was prepared by senior staff, not city councillors so it’s not a political document and he insists that if staff could find more efficiences they would have been included.
The city manager is convinced his team has gone as far as it can without cutting into services.
Oh, one other note. This is regarding the Mayor's claim of having the lowest taxes in North America. On Monday of this week, city council in Windsor approved a new operating budget for next year which contains no property tax increase at all and they've done this for 6 consecutive years. In other words another bunch of hooey from the Fords.