Front page math skills flawed (letter)
London Community News
I am less concerned about the increase in the councillors’ expense increase than I am in the mathematics in the headline to the story.
Councillors need money to run their offices efficiently and, if it is lacking, then they should increase their budgets.
The increase proposed however, is not 50 per cent. Raising the budget from $8,500 to $15,000 is an increase of $6,500. Thus, using mathematics, the increased percentage is $6,500 of the original $8,500, which is an increase of almost 76.5 per cent over the previous budget, not almost 50 per cent. (Eg. $6,500/$8,500 X 100% = 76.5%.)
This means councillors’ office budgets will be 176 per cent of their current budgets. This would be a much more startling headline.