Cornwall ON – I don’t hide the fact that I like Councilor Denis Carr. Even when we disagree we can discuss the point, but we tend to agree on many key issues.
I’ve been tarred and feathered for being against the Benson Centre as a project. I feel that our community tax payers are being unfairly loaded with bills for a facility that simply is going to cost us more than we can afford as a city.
Councilor Carr has focused on the cost of maintaining the facility and tonight in council that really was shown as a report to council spoke of hiring two positions because of the size of the facility; this in addition to the higher costs of maintaining the building.
..subsidies should not be going to people who don’t live in this city..
I can’t argue with that. Can you? Councilor Dupelle suggested that people from outside of Cornwall pay more for Library service so why not from our new spanking Benson Centre?
Councilor Glen Grant, the chief advocate for the facility went on moaning like a bloated goat about how minor leaguehockey officials shouldn’t have to figure out who is from out of town and isn’t,but shouldn’t those that use this facility; that clamored for this facility pay for its maintenance and cost of use?
This week the budget comittee talked about raising property taxes by 5%. Should we as home owners have our bills rocket up when they’re already high so that people who choose to not live in Cornwall have cheap ice time?
Councilor O’Shaughnessy is also against charging non-residents higher fees.
Maybe he’s right? Maybe all users should pay the actual costs of supporting this facility and don’t cut deals for anyone that uses the Benson Centre? Bottom line is that all this focus seems to be on keeping costs down for users instead of taxpayers and that rings wrong; doesn’t it?
Mayor Kilger is leading item by item to figure out the user fee issue. Councilor Grant is now comparing Arena use to Transit. (Is there a smiley for shaking your head?)
The debate over user fees made me feel like taking out a slide rule….it seems quite simple. If you’re not from Cornwall you pay a slightly higher fee for services which makes sense because there are people who are quite happy living outside of Cornwall because they don’t have to pay our property taxes. Many work here in Cornwall; many even for the city.
In the end Council decided to ban user fees for non-residents. They pay the same as Cornwall residents.