Even with a huge 4.3-per-cent tax increase to Courtenay taxpayers this year — not to mention the significant jump in water and sewer rates — City council has no interest in receiving public input or recommendations to look for savings and efficiencies at City Hall.
Even when Coun. Winchester publicly stated that “none of us are professionals around the table,” she and the other councillors rejected Mayor Jangula’s proposal to create a financial advisory committee like so many other municipalities have.
Think about it — an independent committee comprised of local professionals, trained and educated in finances helping to make our community a better place to live by providing their valuable input, observations and recommendations concerning finances, spending budgets and priorities to City staff and council with no cost to taxpayers.
Apparently they believe they are all-knowing and any outside scrutiny would be an inconvenience to their own agendas. Coun. Ambler summed up his opinion by saying ” I don’t see the problem it solves. I see it as just more window dressing.”
Hang on for the next shocking announcement of tax increases!
It looks like this council isn’t done spending yet.