[nSLUG] local ns e-govt and oss???

Miles Thompson milesthompson at ns.sympatico.ca
Thu Feb 17 10:10:48 AST 2005


They'll all swear they're cash-strapped, but check their expenditures and 
where they have surpluses buried.

Municipality of East Hants uses SAP for taxes and water; moans about lack 
of funds, yet loses close to $160, 000/yr on an over-staffed municipal 
pool, and has a huge surplus stuffed away in various reserves. Area rates 
are not consistent, the tail (rural councillors) wags the dog - curtailing 
needed expenditures in the Enfield - Shubenacadie corridor. Helluva mess.

Our Chamber of Commerce has repeatedly tackled them on the surplus - they 
cannot identify how much is enough, like most misers.

Most like candidate for help? Town of Canso?

Cheers - Miles

At 06:40 AM 2/17/2005, you wrote:
>NSLUG Pundits,
>I'm doing a policy paper which will explore the idea of municipal 
>egovernment in NS looking at open source software (oss), perhaps as a 
>pilot project. If report looks plausible, I'll submit it to Service Nova 
>Scotia and Municipal Relations and Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.
>Any opinions, comments, guffaws, sneers, cheers?
>Risking one more step, let's say, hypothetically they went for it. Would 
>anyone in the Linux community ever consider donating some experience to 
>say, a small, cash-strapped municipality? Perhaps in the form of a 
>consulting committee or some such other vehicle? The idea here is 
>citizen-engagement and citizen consultation. I know it's a tough sell. 
>Cynicism and mistrust rules the era. On the other hand, the oss community 
>does have the some features of 'community-minded' people. Just trying to 
>get a feel for possible reaction to such a suggestion.
>Declaring my interest: If there's any hint of a supportive community 
>lurking in the background, it would give my argument more persuasive 
>force. And, of course, I really do think there's reasons to explore this 
>egovernment option.
>Input heartily welcomed!
>(the immigrant postponing Debian install until piled up schoolwork 
>complete...early April)
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