By Joe Ingino b.a.
“I live a dream in a nightmare world”
Oshawa Is Doomed
Well folks it is official the SS OSHAWA is sunk. I say this because we the people have no voice at City Hall and those in charge have bailed ship leaving us to fend for ourselves.
After talks of 3% increases in property taxes the dust has settled and the incompetent elected officials are attempting to makes us believe that their hard work and effort has cut the increase to only 2.52. I say bull. These scoundrels are wasting our tax dollars on projects that are hit and miss. The Depot for example. A very elaborate scheme for the City manager at that time. Roger Bouma and the Mayor to swindle 2 million dollars in a land transfer deal that went bad. For that one we have to thank Amy McQuade England as if it was not for blewing the whistle on the deal. Bouma and Henry would have retired millionaires. Councillor England also known as the flip flop outcast councillor. A councillor that stands on a soap box championing morality yet I bring to question her moral fiber. From her exposing her breast during council to feed her new born child. To the attacking local business that did not support her questionable behavior at social functions. This out of touch with reality councillor during a delegation before council. She asked an irrelevant question attacking the presenter on moral grounds. This is the same person that has had numerous call put against by citizens to Children Aid Society.
It seems like every month she has a different hair color. Could this be just another example of how confused she truly is…. after all many citizens have raised the question that if Amy did not have a make over on a TV show, would she have been elected to office…. Questioning her mental state as her inflated ego clearly shows some sort of psychological deficiency. Just recently she has added her husbands last name to hers… What gives? Did her husband finally grow in a pair of balls? Her attacks and rants clearly show some sort of complex when it comes to dealing with issues. One further question… What has she done for Oshawa in her two terms in office? This type of council representation is why no serious investor or developer comes to Oshawa.
This week I received this letter from the City of Oshawa:
Re: Budget 2016 – Request for Amendment to the City’s Advertising Policy
This is in response to your correspondence of January 8 and February 1, 2016 and your delegation to Oshawa City Council on January 25, 2016 concerning the above-referenced matter.
At its meeting of January 25, 2016 Oshawa City Council adopted the following motion concerning your correspondence of January 8, 2016:
“That Correspondence Request Item 2 from The Oshawa/Durham Central Newspaper requesting to be included in the City’s advertising budget, be received for information.”
At its meeting of February 5, 2016 Oshawa City Council adopted the following motion concerning your correspondence of February 1, 2016:
“That Correspondence Item 1 from Joe Ingino, Editor/Publisher, Central Newspapers requesting inclusion in the 2016 advertising budget be received for information.”
Later, in the same meeting on February 5, 2016, Council approved the City’s 2016 Budget with the following resolution: “That the 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets be approved as amended and the associated Departmental Annual Business Plans be received for information and the Advisory Committees of Council Work Plans be endorsed.”
Oshawa Council’s decision results in a 2.52% tax levy increase on the Oshawa portion of the 2016 tax bill. ‘RECEIVED FOR INFORMATION’ is a clever way of giving you the middle finger. Through the years I have submitted endless documents. Many with some great proposals only to have them be ignored by the city and filed as ‘RECEIVED FOR INFORMATION’.
This is why no serious developer comes to Oshawa. I predicted that in 2017 we will be faced with a 7% tax increase. It is coming. We are facing as it stands the resolution of various legal challenges against the city. We are facing a possible 5 million dollar pay out to the Feds for not using the harbor lands. We are looking at the ongoing loss with the GM center and in my prediction the Region’s debt will climb to over 200 million dollars.
Where does this leave us the average JOE? Well, we will have two choices. Bare the 2.5% increase this year and another 7% next year or finally surrender to the Region and wipe out the debt. Did you know what we have the worst credit rating out of all the Durham region municipalities? Did you know that we have the highest property tax rates out of all the Region?
Mismanagement, poor leadership and incompetents elected. Now you can’t blame those elected as they are riding a FREE ride off our hide. We must stop voting in people that have little or no business experience to manage and work the city as the corporation that it is….