Need more govn't money for old roads and pipes: Montreal
Once again, a lot of your tax dollars will be poured into the city of Montreal's crumbling roads and leaky water pipes.
And the city says the money they'll be spending isn't even enough.
The city of Montreal will be spending just over four billion dollars between 2013 and 2015 on infrastructure: parks and arenas and such, but mostly to upgrade our aging road and water system.
But executive committee chairman Michael Applebaum said ideally they'd have to spend just over two billion dollars every year to renovate everything. So an extra $700-million annually from the two levels of government is necessary, otherwise, he said, the economic hub of the province will suffer.
"We will have to delay and prolong the renovations of our infrastructure and it will have an effect on all Quebeckers," Applebaum told a news conference.
The opposition parties say it's all business as usual. Vision Montreal leader Louise Harel said the boroughs get shafted because of unequal funding.
"It's very important that all Montrealers count on the same equipment and the same services," Harel said.
Projet Montreal leader Richard Bergeron said the mayor lacks vision and planning in such investments and has missed opportunities to invest in new projects that would put the city on the map.
"If you compare to what was done elsewhere all around the world in the real dynamic cities, it's a real shame for Montreal," Bergeron said.
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