Comment 33637

By Tammany (anonymous) | Posted September 16, 2009 at 10:51:45

The fact that the arrears haven't been enforced, and that there can be absolutely no question of the City even considering repossessing the property as it is legally entitled to do, speaks volumes in support of the argument that municipalities should be given fewer powers rather than more. City councillors and administrators just can't be trusted to abide by the most basic principles of democracy like rule of law. Sure, if the average resident doesn't pay property taxes the City will take action against him or her. But if you are a well connected property hoarder - and every property hoarder in this city is well connected - you know you can act (or rather, fail to act) with complete impunity. It's disgusting. I wish there was some mechanism whereby the province could dissolve council and appoint unelected administrators for a fixed term to completely scour the city bureaucracy. Hamilton needs some way to start over from scratch before there can be any real hope.

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