Comment 69586

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted September 14, 2011 at 06:36:41 in reply to Comment 69553

Perhaps if we knew what the benefits of amalgamation were an accommodation could be reached.

A friend of mine who works for the city told me years ago that there were huge savings in job duplication. for many jobs, one person could do for the amalgamated city what one person in each former city had to do. How much was saved?

I don't know any specifics, but rather than everyone focusing on how upset they are about losing their individual identity it'd be nice to have hard numbers as to the benefits, if any, that were accrued.

I agree...within the context of savings.

Because 'quality of Life' isn't just about efficiency. And under the best of circumstances, it's hard to balance disparate priorities. (For example, a group of towns or boroughs that decide to amalgamate and become a city.) But that's not what we have here, and if you're honest, you'll be able to see that in certain ways, the process was a life-preserver for Hamilton, not the other way around. So even if you could prove that things are being done 'efficiently', that there are savings...that's great for Hamilton, always a good thing...but at what price to the gun-held-to-the-head other parties at the altar?

Secondly, I have to bring up the notion of bloat at City Hall. So in a way, it might very well be a case of 'We've lost weight! We're down from 467 pounds to 435! Woohoo!'.

Still morbidly obese, yes?

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