That shiny new sports car sure would look great in my driveway! Oh wait! The kids’ registration (insert sport/lesson/program here) is due, and postsecondary education is not going to pay for itself. I suppose the car will have to wait until the budget allows for it.

Does this sound familiar?

Generally speaking, our household budgets wouldn’t compare to Woolwich Township’s. But you might be surprised that Woolwich’s budget isn’t that big either.

How do we know that Woolwich Township is being fiscally responsible? Twice a year we are treated to a nice pie chart published in The Woolwich Community Guide. This pie chart acts as evidence of our local government’s fiscal responsibility. It’s interesting to note that this very publication is an example of Woolwich Township inefficiency.Accountability2_pmerlihan

The Recreation and Facilities Guide was produced at a profit for years. The Community Guide, created by the current council to replace the rec. guide, is produced at a deficit to the township. A team of staff manages the content; printing, production, design costs increased significantly while ad revenue decreased. See page 14 of the latest edition to find out how deep council’s appreciation is for being “fiscally responsible.”

I would like to have the opportunity to present what being responsible with public money looks like. It doesn’t look like a pie chart. It isn’t justified by how many cups of coffee a day it costs the average homeowner.

Join me in the discussion to build a fiscally responsible Woolwich.