CFN – Contrary to glowing spouts of steam from Economic De-Veloper Mark Boileau and his
pet monkey adjutant Bob Peters construction dollars nose dived in Cornwall Ontario for the first half of 2013 compared to 2012.
The City issued a glowing press release, but it apparently was more spin that numbers.
The construction values can be found on the first page of the link:
City of Cornwall issues nearly 300 building permits during first half of 2013
Construction activity in the City of Cornwall continued at a healthy pace through the first half of the year, with nearly 300 building permits being issued during first six months of 2013.
According to the latest figures from the City’s Building and By-law Division, a total of 68 building permits were issued in the month of June, bringing the total number of permits for the first half of the year to 297.
By comparison, 303 building permits were issued by the City during the first six months of 2012. The comparison is worth noting, since the number of building permits processed in 2012 was the highest since 1989.
All told, the 2013 permits carry a total estimated construction value of $16,864,228.65.
Of the permits issued through the first six months of the year, 25 of them are for new residential units.
“We continue to experience a steady volume of building permit activity and we expect that trend to continue throughout the summer months,” said Chief Building Official Chris Rogers.
Value of building construction 2013: $16,864,228.65
Value of building construction 2012: $54,939,872.33
That’s a drop of nearly 70%!
While the amount of permits only dropped by six it’s what they were issued for that is the real difference.
Family units dropped to 25 from 92
Plumbing permits dropped to 141 from 221
Complaints hovered near the actually dropped, but with the dive in work are a bit alarming with 959 complaints received in 2013 vs 1035 in 2013.
The biggest drop in residential units were from double, duplex, and multiple unit permits with revenues dropping to $1, 467, 451 from $6,409,849.00
Mix in litigation and scandal estimated to running close to $3,000,000 and is it any wonder that taxes went up 2.88% this year?
With the impact of less work and small businesses struggling surely it’s time to review what’s going on at City Hall and maybe who’s doing it?
After all the budget for our Economic Development Department is larger than many. Surely it should be expected to achieve positive results?
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