From a reader in 2014:
Question 15. In your opinion why are we 67 million in debt? How do you think it got to this? What will you do to stop this from happening again?
2014 then-candidate Aldo DiCarlo
To keep the answer from taking up pages, I’ll just say the bulk of the debt is believed to be based on the waste water treatment plant and the Libro Centre. The debt got to this level because much of what we needed had to be built. We were obligated to build a new waste water treatment plant by the government. The cost seems to be reasonable in comparison to similar municipalities. The plant should last for years if properly designed and built, with minimal maintenance costs. Again, I don’t think anyone should deny the reality that we had to spend the money. I explained my thoughts on the cost of the Libro Centre in my answer to question 8. Considering we were spending millions trying to keep the old arena usable, with all the problems of scheduling and other issues, the money we are spending on a first class facility is money well spent. At least that’s my position, and of many people I spoke with. All communities should have a facility as great as ours. How the money was allocated, however, is a whole other problem. Single bank accounts for multiple endeavors and obligations leaves me speechless…that’s not common for me. The new CAO will be held accountable for reorganizing the Town’s financial situation and the council must oversee the administration with a level of understanding to ensure it is done properly.
Amherstburg Vote 2022