Spectator - February 15, 2003 Robert (Bob) A. Beyette
to the Feb. 8 letter "we must control spending" letter from
Gue's published view allows for enhanced thought processing by other
his use of the term "total life cycle" as it relates to
measuring all projected costs against projected total benefit of an
initiative when governments consider spending taxpayers' money. Yardsticking
"life cycle costs" to "life cycle benefits" might
show that a few benefit at the cost of the many.
and accept social conscience projects, but surely, not all projects
fit into this category.
truly enjoy seeing this "best for all taxpayers" analysis
done before any government project moves ahead. As in business, a
Return on Investment (ROI) calculation needs to be completed before
decisions are made to move forward.
analyses would allow governments to better identify more cost effective
solutions at planning phase, rather than at the overspent phase, which
is apparently the norm.
take a look at the government boondoggle happening regarding the mid-peninsula
transportation corridor for the proposed highway atop "our"
protected Niagara Escarpment.
suggests this proposed highway will cost somewhere between $1.2 to
Gue's "total life cycle" costing approach, are we now looking
more to spending $2.5 to $3.5 billion of taxpayers' hard earned dollars?
Truth needs to be on the table.
than likely the "total life cycle" analysis will reflect
a non-ROI result and clearly show that though all taxpayers will pay
one way or the other, only a few will benefit. Where is the ROI? Will
this proposed highway in 10 years look like the current 407 highway
jumping the gun on this costly proposed highway exercise, the MTO
must be patient until such time as the Smart Growth Panels have reported
and the MTO has demonstrated that it will respect Smart Growth principles
-- the environment, the inputs from stakeholders and the policies
of other levels of government, when formulating transportation policy
us, hopefully, you as a reader too, must call on the MTO to recognize
that a forward-looking and responsible transportation strategy for
the province will encompass rail, transit, marine improvements to
existing structures and other transport modes as well, as new and
very costly roadways.
the intelligent thinking process of needed transportation solutions,
the "total life cycle" costing approach must be harnessed
to best define taxpayers' ability to pay options.
you Frank Gue of Burlington. Your thoughts truly hit home.
(Bob) A. Beyette