Properly tended baskets don’t require daily watering

Council's generosity to be funded via district's stabilization reserve

Editor, The Record:

Re: Council votes to pay for baskets, April 25 edition.

How generous of council to agree to pick up the $8,000 tab to water the hanging baskets downtown this summer. It is so easy to use other people’s money, which will come out of the district’s stabilization reserve.

The 30-minute council debate totally avoided the fact that it is irrelevant as to which piggy bank reserve is raided, as all monies are public tax dollars.

Surely this is an opportunity for charitable bodies to gain some much-needed funds, as at a rate of $10 per basket per week and with no possession of a degree in horticulture being required, this would be attractive to many deserving causes, whilst performing a public service. If watered properly the baskets need not be attended every day.

Jeanette Smith

Mission