Earlier, I told you about the wasteful spending that Calgary City Council has been involved with based on items I found in a Freedom of Information request that spanned city contracts from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.
I found several crazy examples of overspending that included a Toyota Prius that was worth over $200,000, and I also mentioned public art.
In Calgary, everyone knows how costly public art can be like for example taxpayers spending $24.5M on the construction of the pedestrian Peace Bridge that became associated with all sorts of controversy.
There was the issue of the special Spain welding, there was the cost and then there was the fact those on council in 2008 didn’t do much research.
This thing is rife with issues and it’s the perfect example of government decisions that turn into a total waste of taxpayer money.
So far, since its construction in 2012, Calgarians have paid $150,000 for overhead panels, $400,000 for a new crosswalk and $700,000 for new replacement lights because the ones that it came with, couldn’t withstand Calgary winters.
It’s also a hotspot for vandals and now this Freedom of Information document tells me the city spent over $202,000 on glass panel replacements even though it was supposed to cost $152,000.
Paint it however you like, but this bridge is a government boondoggle.
At the time of its approval, it was seen as a symbol of reckless spending during a recession and there’s no doubt it will continue to cost us at least a million dollars every few years.
Actually, it symbolizes the government perfectly – largely unnecessary and taking money out of your pocket at every chance.