Am I misunderstanding something or is Cory Hoff off base with his comments about Mussallem? His letter seems to indicate that Jack was against the perks although I am of the impression that Jack was in favour of them. Am I wrong?
When he first announced his intentions he said that he was concerned about a number of things on the local scene.
"Mussallem listed several concerns he has about the way the city has been run since the last municipal election, citing issue that are of concern to him going into this year’s election.
He noted that the direct awarding of contracts; problems with the city’s accounting and the various alleged perks offered to city employees; and other ways the city accounts have been handled were key issues.
“People believe most of the city staff are doing a good job but everyone would like a free recreation pass and that’s just not possible,” said Mussallem. "
So it would appear that on Oct 10 he was against the idea of perks and I haven’t heard anything recently to suggest he’s changed his opinion on that.
I don’t see why they attack recreation membership but don’t attack health benefits or severence pay–Cory Hoff, just like the rest of the population, is welcome to apply for a job with the City. I don’t get it. :S
The pool employees use the passes quite often, for obvious reasons. I can’t remember the number, but out of 100ish full-time employees, a good fraction had used their passes at least once–and we’re only in the first year.
All the research shows that providing employees with the means to stay in shape saves money in the long run because the employees, generally, remain healthier.
Obviously the passes might not be used by every full-time employee–but that’s to be expected. We’re still within the first year of this policy–it will take at least a full year to get a good idea of how popular the passes are… and much longer than a year to start seeing the savings of money.
The way I see it, the passes are revenue neutral. It doesn’t cost the tax payer any extra to provide the employees with the passes themselves–all the facilities are in place. It’s not like this is a private gym and the tax payers actually have to help pay the bill. Hopefully, eventually the City will be able to redistribute money they would have spent on health benefits, sick leave, and similar things and spend it in other areas of need.
Thanks for your input. I would think that the passes may even create revenue as employees with pool passes may be more inclined to go and may actually bring someone with them whether it be a friend, spouse or kids.
That’s a good point I forgot–many of the Dads, and perhaps some Moms, are buying passes for their kids as well. One of the local RCMP comes to mind–during the summer he was coming in regularely with his daughters and wife. A few labourers come to mind as well… Good point.