That is the reaction of the Hamilton Future Fund to yesterday’s decision by the General Issues Committee to draw 7.5 million dollars from the future fund for the city’s portion of the Scott Park high school and community centre project.
Chair Tom Weisz notes that there are reasons for their recommendations.
In this case, he notes that the 50 million dollars that has already gone to that neighbourhood as far more than they’ve given to anyone else.
Weisz also stresses that it’s increasingly hard to “get back to where we were”, pointing out that the original dream was to maintain the 100 million dollar capital fund while spending the money that’s earned on it.
Flamborough Councilor Judi Partridge adds that the committee’s decision must still be ratified by City Council and she predicts the vote will be “very split and very close” next Wednesday.
Partridge feels the future fund is being looked at as “something to just pillage”.
The city’s total share of the high school and community centre project within the so-called Pan Am Precinct is 17 million dollars.