With a city that is struggling in so many ways, from the closing of so many businesses, factories, Catholic schools and churches and the list goes on, with so many groups that are struggling for funding, no group is more important than the other.
With this being said, I believe that there should be a separation from local government, the private sector and from the not for profit groups.
Niagara Falls cannot continue to supplement every group that shows up at the doors of city hall.
I believe all these groups and organizations are important, work hard and do an excellent job, but it should not be up to the taxpayers to fund them.
This weekend’s great success of the Niagara Falls Music and Arts Festival is living proof that a private organization can run successful events without free taxpayers’ money.
I believe if the administration and my fellow colleagues continue the reckless spending of city money, eventually a huge burden will be placed on the remaining taxpayers for many years to come.
As an elected official I have to look at how my vote will affect the families of Niagara Falls of today, and especially how it will affect the families and the taxpayers of the future.
That is why I voted against the city of Niagara Falls to fund $100,000 for the Board of Education Summer camp and also against the $3,500 for the Blues Festival.
This Dyster Administration must learn to say NO!