FORTIN’S FINANCIAL FOLLY: NDP Mayor Dean Fortin says referendum delay could add $8,800,000 in borrowing costs over the life of the JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE project

…LAST OUTRAGEOUS THREAT BEFORE HEADING TO MEXICAN BEACH…

 

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin resorted to more outrageous scaremongering in a December 23 article written by Times Colonist reporter Bill Cleverley entitled ‘5,000 petitions for bridge vote delivered.’

After claiming that he didn’t know how many petitions had already been dropped off at City Hall opposed to Victoria City Council’s plans to borrow a staggering $42,000,000 to demolish and replace the heritage Johnson Street Bridge as ‘we don’t know the number in there because it’s not something City Council has access to,’  Mr. Cleverely writes that ‘Fortin said if the City is forced to go to a referendum, the delay could add $8.8 million in borrowing costs over the life of the project.’

After leaving readers with that foolish and unprovable paranoid idea, the socialist Mayor, whose first order of business after assuming office was to give himself a raise of more than 30%, took off to lie on some Mexican beach.

The 45 day long ‘Alternative Approval Process’ (‘AAP’) that the City of Victoria foisted upon the electorate (instead of repairing those sections of the bridge in most urgent need of repair and scheduling a proper referendum on the fate of the Joseph Strauss-designed bascule bridge during the next municipal election), will be finished on  January 4th, 2010.

Anne Russo, secretary of the johnsonstreetbridge.org group which is collecting and sorting through the petitions for any problems prior to their being delivered to City Hall, said in an email to the Concerned Citizens today that the group is now confident Johnson Street Bridge conservationists will make history, and is now aiming for 12% of eligible voters to sign the thing (instead of the minimum required 10%), which would ironically be the exact percentage number of voters who elected the socialist mayor in 2008.

Victoria voters will not know the results of the AAP until the Mayor returns from Mexico and presides over a Victoria City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 7th, 2010.

For a link to the Cleverley article in the Times Colonist, please refer to the Comments section below.

 

Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

CCC

 

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