Comment 116972

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 11, 2016 at 09:51:15 in reply to Comment 116967

You're quite right, of course. The right thing to do is fund essential walking and cycling infrastructure from the general levy. Unfortunately I have very little hope that this city will start to do the right thing any time soon.

See, for example, the budget Council is just about to pass, which continues the unsustainable practice of spending tens of millions of dollars a year on new road construction even while we fall further and further behind on maintaining the infrastructure we already have ($2 billion in unfunded road work alone).

The Special Infrastructure Levy is an ugly procedural hack, but it's a hack that works, at least for the short to medium term, in those wards where the councillor has a meaningful system in place to ensure the funded projects are decided by the community.

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