The City of Niagara Falls is in trouble and council is keeping a tight lid because of next year’s election.
During the three years, what has Niagara Falls witnessed from this current council besides cutbacks to essential services? Every year I have been noticing more people getting on the sunshine list and pay increases and what have the people of Niagara Falls been getting in return?
Our infrastructure, including roads, pipes, sewage, snow removal, maintenance of our parks, cemeteries and buildings are at an all-time low. Our city is in trouble for growth due to the increase of debt and higher taxes and mind you we are not getting much in return.
Our mayor went overseas to attract people to Niagara, but my question is where are they? During the past administration, we had a higher turnout in the Asian tourist market. I hope this current council didn’t scare them away because we are not selling as much as before.
Twenty years ago, working a government job was considered bad because they weren’t getting the pay as they are today, but we are a city of 80,000 people and declining. Why do the majority of the big shots at city hall insist on getting a huge pay increase like someone in Toronto gets paid? I find this to be a drain on our economy because it’s unrealistic for the city to pay its employees Toronto rates when you are a small town like Niagara Falls. Pay rates should reflect the city’s economy.
As desperate times call for desperate measures, I call on the city politicians and the sunshine list people to be on minimum wage until the debt is paid off so they can experience what true working class people in Niagara Falls go through every day.
Due to the lack of performance at city hall from the senior bureaucrats they should be on four-year contracts and have performance based evaluations and should only get bonuses if they produce results similar to people on commission.
Bonuses to departments should be performance based depending on whether or not they efficient with resources, with this being said we have one more year to put up with this garbage and I truly hope the city now realizes that it cannot keep voting in the same old politicians if the city wants to have healthy fiscal sustainability and economic growth. I hope this was an eye opener to all of you.