I have lived in Maple Ridge for 23 years now. Every year, the costs of living here continue to climb. I am sure that it is no different in the other communities that form the Metro Vancouver region, yet despite this commonality these increases are simply not sustainable for most families.. Where will it all end? When did you last get a raise? When did you last hear of living becoming more affordable?
We, as a Council, need to make sensible decisions as to how taxpayers’ dollars are spent. I am in favour of the Province of B.C.’s new Auditor General (which comes into legislation this fall) taking a close look at how Municipal monies are spent. In fact, for the record I am in favour of all levels of government, as well as crown corporations, being reviewed from top to bottom, We need to know what assets they hold, how they spend operations money, day-to-day spending, and all other monies spent. Indeed, we need to know everything! It is my belief, that with careful and respectful audits, we will discover money that is wasted through inefficient and ineffective operations and valuable assets sitting idle – all of which are paid for by the hard-earned money of taxpayers. I think we’ve all had enough! It is time to change the ongoing expectation that taxpayers will just continue to suck it up and continue to pay the ever-increasing tax burden. I will advocate hard for greater accountability, increased efficiency, and reduction in wasted resources because I do believe when the rocks are turned over, there will be savings. I also believe that government can make much better use of tax revenue by identifying not only waste and inefficiencies but also to identify needs and properly meet them with well-planned and delivered programs. I look forward to the audit initiative of the Provincial government and its result.