Woodstock Mayor Goes On Tax Spending Spree While Local Industry Collapses And The Middle Class Shrinks Away

Considering the news of recent that indicates the entire nation(except for Harpers’ home province) is mired in recession it seems odd and unacceptable to taxpayers that the Mayor of Woodstock would promote the spending of millions of dollars for an art gallery(that so small a number of community residents actually use it’s not even funny) at a time when most cities and governments’ are paring down their spending expectations as a result of economic slowdown and uncertainty.
The mayor of Woodstock missed out on his vote on the matter due to his lack of attendance at a council meeting so he forced the idea once more by having the gallery placed on the council agenda, and made(tons of arm twisting) the council vote on it again, this time passing the motion to build a gallery without any public consultation, without any feasibility studies….with his one lousy vote.
In a time when homelessness and poverty and poor economic outllooks dominate the news,it seems improper or at least unskilled of Mayor Harding to pee away our minimal tax resources on this gallery when it appeals to very few persons in the community.
As a result, a taxpayer led group will be protesting the forced advancement of this gallery upon the citizens of Woodstock in the form of protests and petitions that will be available throughout the community beginning on Monday morning.
Petitions will be available to sign at 354 Dundas street, and at 519 Dundas street in Woodstock or if you are interested in assisting, please call
519-537-8144…ask for Jim
No one is against an art gallery but we are against misusing $4 million of our communities’ tax dollars to finance what is basically a private club for some political supporters especially when the old building which has had many dollars rammed into it is still in good condition.(or at least good enough for the collection we own.)
Even portions of the gallery board of directors have disagreed with this idea.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Who on the board of directors have disagreed with this idea?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    “Who on the board of directors have disagreed with this idea?”

    Why do you ask? What do you plan to do to them?

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