Comment 76659

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted May 08, 2012 at 18:21:33

Hamilton councillors and city staff need to be clearer in their communications with the taxpayers on all municipal issues. Obfuscation and insufficient information tends to hold Hamilton back on many local files.

For example, the General Issues Committee Report on HECFI dated April 27, 2012 is an item on the Agenda at Hamilton city council meeting tomorrow night. There is a glaring omission of a key fact on page 3 of the report. It mentions the presentation to council by John Rockx of KPMG but it fails to state his recommendation that the city ought to proceed to negotiate with two of the six proponents, Global Spectrum/LiveNation and SMG/Forum Equity.

Although the city councillors at the GIC meeting voted to override the KPMG report and instead negotiate with five of the six proponents, the original recommendations by KPMG should be part of the public record. Council spent $329,000 on the KPMG report. Hamilton taxpayers have the right to receive a concise summary of the recommendations made by KPMG.

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