This Wasted Money Is Brought To You By Jim Watson

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What a waste.

Mayor Jim Watson’s telephone town hall cost $10,000.

The Bulldog can hold the same kind of town hall at the cost of nothing.

We haven’t done it but we can hold a Twitter discussion at the cost of nothing. We haven’t done it because The Bulldog is open for comment business 24 hours a day. No so the mayor.

Worse is that the city’s strategic initiatives are already set in stone from the mayor’s office. The only way to change them is to drop one of the mayor’s initiatives from the list and replace it with a public suggestion. That’s not about to happen. Councillors can’t get their initiatives on the list … how can the public expect to see their requests on the list? This teleconference is just a public-relations exercise that will achieve nothing. And it cost us $10,000.

The mayor is just going through the motions, increasing his already high visibility and not changing a thing. The teleconference was just another way to advertise Watson at the taxpayers’ expense. Watson needs more publicity? Why doesn’t he spend his own money for this worthless exercise?

The teleconference is to make the public feel as though it is participating in the budget process when, in fact, budget planning is just about complete. The mayor is wasting residents’ time.

Watson said he didn’t know how to respond to public comments coming out of the conference saying cut the fat.

Well here’s a way.

Save taxpayers $10,000 to pay for a public-relations-stunt teleconference (not only was the conference useless, Watson overpaid for useless).

Furthermore the public could save money by removing Watson in 2018 with a mayor who can administer the city rather than a busy-body who attends every bake sale in town and tweets his fingers off.

To adapt an old football adage about coaching: Do you want a smiler or a mayor?

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