Is there an honest (wo)person ANYWHERE in the: Municipal, Provincial, or Federal Governments of Canada? Or USA?
Wolfville Town Council Wants to KnowIn the pursuit of happiness and the illusion of freedom, I'd almost managed to forget where I lived. True, the Wolfville Council election was an unavoidable blip that caused some consternation but otherwise, nirvana, productive days spent thinking and restful nights spent sleeping.
Then someone in the household made the mistake of going down to the Post Office and bringing home a letter from Wolfville Council.It's time to renew your Dog License. Your annual fee is $25.00"Help keep my pet safe"? What a bald-faced lie! The only thing my dog has to fear is being nabbed by some self righteous dickhead who gets his/her kicks putting puppies in the Municipal pound. Then the price for doggy freedom is set at $200, according to a friend whose poor pooch had been held for ransom in that dreadful doggy dungeon. This $25 is nothing but a protection racket.
Help keep your pet safe by purchasing a license today.Wolfville Council sinks more low
Than any Mafioso thought to go.
Well, it's only $25 for a magical high-tech clip-on to keep my doggy safe from Council-inspired neighbourhood villianary. True, that damned tag got tangled and almost strangled him when he was a pup. True, the damned tag causes dermatitis where it bounces against his throat. I'd prefer to pay the $25 and have Councillors wear a collar and dog tag. See how they'd like it 24/7. Just so long as I don't have to pay for their veterinarian bills.
A trip was made to the municipal orifice and, while waiting to hand over the protection money, I spotted a pamphlet:THE BUDGET It's Yours. Be Heard!No it isn't. If it was really mine you wouldn't have taken my money in the first place. And I've said so before. Whether or not I've been heard is a total unkown because my words have never been acknowledged, except to sool the property assessor onto me and collect more taxation as punishment for speaking truth to power.
Regardless, I'll take one more bite at the municipal apple bob and see if I get anything better than a wet face for my efforts. Under Operating Budget we have:
Under Capital Budget we have:
- General Government $861,700. Whatever that is? I never asked for it and I sure as hell don't want it. We have bureaucrats oozing out of the mud here at Mud Creek! Fire the bureaucrats who think we should all pay more tax every time that PVSC tells lies about property value increasing.
- Protective Sevices $1,697,300. Obviously Wolfville must be a pit of depravity and violence or why would we be wasting so much treasure on such overbearing policing?
- Public Works $1,110,000. Of course, we should maintain roads and walkways. Unless Council has some other option --- "beam me up Scotty!"
- Sewer System ($72,900). Well that's what a Municipallity does. Job one is to keep the clean water flowing one way and the waste water flowing the other way and to make sure the two don't mix!
- Parks and Playgrounds $293,900. Perhaps a good idea. But forget about fetishes like expensively manicured gardens and Clock Phark. Kids and dogs need places to run free and wild. Play should not cost an arm and leg. It's freedom and space that matter most --- not prissy puffery.
- Planning $262,200. I recall that the planners wanted to increase our "density". Also, they are big on "affordable housing" but I think that my housing would be more affordable if the Municipal moochers would only get their grubby fingers out of my pockets. I hear that planners are gung-ho on some new development where people will be housed in tiny rooms and won't have any place to park their transportation, like a doggy prison for primates. Sounds like a good way to derange the citizenary and justify all that policing.
- Community Development $469,000. Ah, that's the game where a small group of Council favorites get to spend our property taxes on stupid stuff that hardly anyone wants. If you want to promote a sense of "community" then don't piss people off by slugging new arrivals with the "Welcome to Wolfville Tax".
- Partner Contributions: Local $110,000 + Regional $555,300 + Provincial $831,000 = $1,496,300. There is nothing more loathsome about politics that "Partner Contributions". It's a formula for political tomfoolery whereby politican's join forces to do that which is so truly foolish that they couldn't justify the cost on their own. All the bureaucrats pretend that it's a good idea "because someone else is paying". Like hell! It's the same poor sod that pays Municipal, Provincial, and Federal taxation!
Under "Tell Us More" I'll tell you how I'd spend a dollar.
- Information Technology $20,000. For who? I already buy my own information technology --- and you want me to pay more?
The typical Council document uses a Mbyte of storage for a kbyte of information. It's a long learning curve for them and it costs too much for us!
- Municipal Buildings $100,000. Well, I see that half a million has been spent on these buildings over the last two years. That's pretty expensive real estate. Sell it and reimburse the ratepayers.
- Fire equipment $20,000. Well down from the $624,958 of the previous year. Fair enough. For $624,958 we could burn down 3-4 houses every year and replace them with brand new ones. (An urban renewal program, planners would love it!) Even more houses if it were not for the excessive compliance costs that are imposed by our multilayered, technicoloured bureaucracies.
- Public Works Vehicles $213,400. If it's a swanky vehicle then it's sure to be a Council vehicle. The rest of us drive clunkers because that's all we can afford after paying for Council dick-extenders.
- Streets $1,516,200. OK, we should look after the streets. But we've already paid $1,110,000 for that in the operating budget above? Or is it $1,516,200 for street repair and $1,110,000 for bureaucrats to talk about it?
- Subway Parking Lot $75,000. Does this mean that you are going to pave the parking lot? Yes please.
- Sewer System Upgrades $170,000. Like I said before, it's a good idea to keep the poop flowing out through one pipe and the clean water flowing in through the another.
- LED street lighting $390,000. Is this because some other sort of lighting would be more expensive? Pull the other leg!
- Clock Park $20,000. Hells bells, we just spent half a million on it. That's what happens when Council over capitalizes on pointless stuff, we end up paying a fortune to maintain it. Time to flog it off, Irving is a capitalist, he'll understand.
- Town Signage $5,000. Yes, we should have a sign. "Welcome to Wolfville, deposit your weapon and wallet at Town Hall --- we prefer a helpless, dependant citizenary".
- Bike and Walking Trail Development $150,000. The Town of Wolfville has plenty of walking trails. And there are even better trails through the University Woods! The thing that is most obviously missing is a footpath on Wickwire St but that should be covered under "Streets". It would be desirable to provide a bike path (separate from traffic and pedestrians) along the length of Main Street. But if that was ever going to happen, it would have already happened. Thank heaven for all that good planning, eh wot...
Anyway, as though all this wasn't enough, we also got our annual instruction about "Living in Our Community". Fresh from the press, compliments of: Wolfville Town Council, Acadia U, and ASU. Give me a break. Fire whichever bureaucrats and politician's think that they should tell the rest of us how to suck eggs.
- Snow clearing: 3 cents.
- Transit services: Privatize it.
- Transit services between communities: Privatize it.
- Road maintenance: 15 cents.
- Parks and trails maintenance: Weed while you walk. Citizens can trim a few weeds with their blackberry hook --- it doubles as coyote protection.
- Recreational programs and facilities: I'd put in my 2 cents worth.
- Festivals and events: nothing.
- Library Services: nothing. Just buy a decent book or download one for free. Heck, I'll even write something for you from time to time, absolutely free! Whatever you do, don't read insipid rubbish promulgated by politicians and bureaucrats.
- Visitor Services: refund the "Welcome to Wolfville Tax" to us longer term visitors.
- Arts and Culture programs: nothing. Your art and culture is not my art and culture.
- Other: refund 75 cents to those of us who pay property tax.
And then, the most recent egg-sucking insult arrives with the mail. The Town of Wolfville asks:
Did You Know???Unnecessary! Pointless piffle! Who on earth can afford to waste fuel? What with petrol prices being as they are and property taxation going up like a Saturn V. Council Offices may be nice and warm but the rest of us freeze to save costs on heating fuel. Self-aggrandizing, nanny control-freaks smile smuggly.
The Town of Wolfville has enacted Bylaw 93, known as the "Idling Control Bylaw" The general provisions [sic] of the bylaw is that "No person shall cause or permit a vehicle to idle for more than three (3) consecutive minutes in a sixty (60) minute period" [sic] within the Town of Wolfville".
Apparently reason given for this idle bylaw is"According to the Nova Scotia government, if 1,000 drivers avoided idling for three minutes a day, it would reduce fuel use by almost 25,000 litres a year, saving approximately $25,000 annually and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 59,000 kilograms per year."Being an honest scientist, I can only agree with Al Bartlett:
"A SELF-EVIDENT TRUTH
If any fraction of the observed global warming
can be attributed to the actions of humans,
then this, by itself, constitutes
clear and compelling evidence
that the human population, living as we do,
has exceeded the Carrying Capacity of the Earth,
a situation that is clearly not sustainable.
As a consequence it is AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
that all proposals or efforts
at the local, national or global levels
to solve the problems of global warming
are serious intellectual frauds
if they fail to advocate that we address
the fundamental cause of global warming