November 19, 2014 | 3 Comments Well, Fennell (aka Miss Piggy) has finally gotten the boot by Brampton voters ( those with a brain ). It’s about 10 years too late IMHO. She’s left a mess behind for someone else to clean up (if that’s even possible). The urban sprawl that happened under her watch is pretty much a death toll for Brampton’s future. Once the city has finished filling in the few empty fields that are left, with another sea of low-cost* houses (*relative to other cities), there will be no more ‘low-hanging fruit’ of development fees per residence. Those are what gave the city the triple A credit rating she bragged about. Easy to do when developers pay fat fees to build, make money and move on to somewhere else. Borrowing from the future, easy to do. Where will money come from to pay for the maintenance of that sprawling infrastructure? All those roads, sidewalks, sewers, parks and recreation centers and the vast sprawl of above and below ground infrastructure will age and deteriorate. More roads & sidewalks = more salt, plowing and shoveling in the winter and more repairs and replacement in the spring, summer and fall. You think traffic is bad now? Wait until developer money dries up, then where will money come from to pay for new roads plus long-term maintenance and repairs of the existing ones? Obviously, we the taxpayers. It will come to a choice of spend vast sums to maintain versus spend to add — ‘add’ will lose. It was estimated that the cost of last winter’s storm added $65,000,000 to the cities debt, let’s see what this year will bring and the next. We (the taxpayers) also owe $60,000,000 for the 2nd hospital, that city council offered to pay without having it. They added a surtax to the tax bill for a few years (anyone want to bet that that will stay there to pay for other debts ?) How much were those 3 new city hall buildings ? With all the secret closed door meetings, what side deals were made, who owes what ? I owe, I owe, it’s off to work I go!! Well, the ex-mayor won’t have to worry — with her fat savings account from being paid so well from the public purse, she can move to Oakville or Rosedale. Good riddance, too bad it took so long.