When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine


At the beginning of the year Mayor Mrakas was all about finding efficiencies with a proposal reduce representation at the regional level to reign in $600,000 savings.

Fast forward to today and we learn that theTown of Aurora recently laid off 280 workers.

On the surface this looks like leadership, but I suspect none of these part time workers were on the sunshine list.

Just to be sure let’s go look at that list shall we.

In 2019 There are 43 Town of Aurora staff members that make the list which represents a total spend of $5.2 Million:


Now if you want to better understand the rate of government inflation let’s compare how this list has grown over the past decade.

In 2013 there were only 28 members representing a 43% increase in 6 years.

In 2011 there were only 16 members representing a 62% increase in 8 years.

Think about that, a 62% increase in 8 years.

Every budget cycle step increases to all these positions are unanimously approved because no one on council wants to rain on anyone else’s sunshine.

Oh sure, fire 280 part time workers, but keep $5.2 + Million on your payroll because there is absolutely no way that even 10% of this staff force could be culled eh?

When it is obvious that Aurora’s Mayor isn’t finding efficiencies in his own town, what makes him think he could convince the region to?

$600,000 is a paltry sum to the savings that could be had if one was to amalgamate York Region.

It’s not outlandish to suggest, in fact, as mathematical corrections go, it appears it is long overdue.

Until such time the entire municipal budget process can be summed up by this Len music video




One thought on “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine

  1. Reality is this is bigger than all of us. Not defending anyone or anything. Not the time to be throwing darts. Lets get through this together and resume whatever quarrels you have in a “saner” time. What I said Cheers

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