…And those suburbs that boasted of being pay-as-you-go debt free, we now realize were just municipal Ponzi schemes collecting upfront development fees for grand visible projects like sportsplexes while stiffing other governments for the big expenditures (schools, major sewers and water pipes, major roads)…
…there are a LOT of pipe miles in those endless crescents of six-houses-per-acre 1950s, 60s, and 70s neighborhoods. I suspect that those low density developments cannot possibly generate enough tax revenue to replace their pipes and roads.
I don’t know if Eric has ever been to Bells Corners or if he was thinking of the recent botched strip boondoggle or Timm Drive when he composed “Money pipe.”
And maybe this isn’t a reference to Mary Pitt: “My aunt was a councillor in Nepean before amalgamation who always liked to remind urban-me that unlike the dirty city, the suburbs had prepaid for all their development and municipal services. Her economics always seemed fishy.” But I have noticed some Bells Corners references on WestSideAction – his picture of the cracked new sidewalk could have been taken on the strip.
We love our Nepean brand out here in the inner suburbs, and it might seem blasphemous to some to sully the reputation of hallowed politicians like former Liberal Ben Franklin, D.A. Moodie, Andy Haydon and Lloyd Francis.
Nepean entered amalgamation with a large surplus and a record of tax restraint. However, most big-ticket municipal infrastructure items (transit, garbage collection, sanitary sewers, water, arterial roads, police, social services) were the responsibility of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, not the former City of Nepean.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big Nepean fan. I love Bells Corners, and Lynwood Village is a wonderful place to live. I just don’t think that we should get sucked in by the councillor who loves to market himself as Mr. Nepean, Ben Franklin incarnated.