Re: 'McKay, Brennan tangle over grant' (Daily News, Aug. 15) City councillors seem to feel their primary task is to spend money, whether we have it or not.
Witness their recent decision, when despite having already spent the full allocation of funds available for 'heritage' grants, they dipped into the city's contingency fund to give St. Paul's Anglican Parish $20,000. On learning that St. Paul's parishioners have a million dollars banked, the chair of the Heritage Commission, Coun. Diane Brennan, archly sniffed that "grant applications are not assessed based on financial need."
Can we assume that an owner of a 'heritage' designated home can simply ignore maintenance on his property because according to councillors, it's apparently the responsibility of taxpayers? Grants look like they are being used by city council to buy votes and loyalty. Special interest groups find favour with certain councillors who in turn, rely on the support of the many members of these groups, come election time.
George Bernard Shaw said, "When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on the support of Paul." Might this be a case of when you take from the public purse to pay St. Paul's bills, you can count on the parishioners of St. Paul's in your own time of electoral need?
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