Sunday, January 5, 2014

Readers write - more about amalgamation.

"Amalgamation" ...the costly experiment that failed
Regional Ottawa's rural townships are worse off
now, than before amalgamation with the city. 



Anonymous said...

Amalgamation: a cautionary tale:

Anonymous said...

This article on Amalgamation is really a foreshadowing of what could happen to Coldstream - let us not be lured by promises of transitional grants, and cost savings from efficiencies of scale...

"The new City of Ottawa, in three short years, has managed to evaporate all of its transition grants and burn through most of the reserves frugally put aside by its newly acquired “family members” ---the rurals. It has raised rural taxes while reducing services, and has closed most of the rural community centres (which we built and fully paid for, before amalgamation, and staffed largely with volunteers). Now the centres are closing, the volunteers are gone, yet the bureaucratic costs of running the city keep skyrocketing."

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