Fiscal Responsibility

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1. How important do you believe fiscal responsibility should be for Metrolinx when planning, building and operating our regional transportation system?

1. How important do you believe fiscal responsibility should be for Metrolinx when planning, building and operating our regional transportation system?

2. Do you think fiscal responsibility should be included in the Metrolinx Community Charter?

Chart summary for "2. Do you think fiscal responsibility should be included in the Metrolinx Community Charter?"
Yes1184.62%
No215.38%

3. What does fiscal responsibility mean to you?

Prior to embarking on any major project, I suppose Metrolinx carries out detailed socio-economic, financial, technical etc. analyses. In making the final decision Metrolinx should proactively seek and take into consideration the opinions of all the stakeholders and / or their representatives.

Providing good reliable service while not getting into the circle of "what ever it takes".

To use the money efficiently and productively

Set realistic budget
Spend within budget
Good value for money, not just lowest price

Like safety, and all other government initiatives, fiscal responsibility is an expectation. It is hard to decide on "a little responsible, somewhat responsible, very responsible". The government should look at long-term VALUE, and include lifecycle costing in its decisions.

Understanding it is taxpayer money and taking responsibility at every level that every dime is spend correct

Prudent use of taxpayers money. All contract should be subject to a competitive bidding process. Contracts should include penalties for work not completed on time.
GO fare structure should be unbundled so that a parking fee is charged separately from the train fare.
Metrolinx salaries should be fair and meet public service guidelines

Being within budget.

To be able to use the public funds wisely.
Remember- public fund is everyone's hard earned money, it cannot be misused. Metrolinx salaries should be fair. Refrain from giving fat bonus to your executives.

government expenditures, revenue and debt.

Being accountable, transparent and responsible for the monies allotted

4. How can we help show you that we’re investing public funds wisely and responsibly?

Let me know where / how I can access the documents (to start with the executive summary) that were reviewed / taken into consideration by the Metrolinx decision maker in making the final decision to "invest" the public funds.

By keeping the public informed along with good description of accountability. As long as the spending can be done well.

progress on quality of the system and traffic & environmental performance improvements with the investments

Regular reports on spending against budget; rationale for variances; explanations for news items that affect spending

Show the lifecycle costs and benefits clearly, and not just for Metrolinx but society as a whole. E.g. it might cost the government more, but save households later (e.g. if the purchase of a car is avoided or delayed). Simplistic measures should be avoided.

Stop tell the public to file Freedom on Information Acts to get the most basic information

Projects should be assessed with a cost/benefit analysis. Annual project report should state purpose of project, show project costs accrued to date, expected costs given degree of completion, current variance, expected completion date.
Locomotive and passenger car procurement should be international and not restricted to a Canadian supplier

Actuals vs approved budget and forecasts with explanations of deviations.

Get all your expenses reviewed by the auditor general and make the findings public.

outline the information on a quarterly basis to the Community. Do live webinars and get feedback from the community.

Through reports, town halls and other channels of keeping the community informed

5. Do you have any other comments on this theme?

I would like to review the relevant documents before making any comment(s). Thanks.

Metrolinx has been caught by the Auditor General over and over and does not appear to want to change

Metrolinx appears to have a disappointing record in competing projects both on budget and on time.

It is a responsibility that should be taken seriously