City Budget Cuts on Council Agenda Tomorrow and Cadman Says: "It's Just Not Fair!"
“Are we prepared to see services reduced?”
When asked about the city’s budget and long-term plans, it can only be answered with this question. Councilor David Cadman takes time to exemplify and paint a picture of how our gripes implore for a solid answer.
As children, they often say, “Mommy….it’s just NOT FAIR.” It’s well and beyond that when citizens “want to maintain their community centers, road and infrastructure, water pipes and sewer pipes---all of those things are part of the services that the city delivers.”
But now Vancouver is facing a $60-million shortfall “and the issue becomes are citizens now going to pay for service in the Olympics, while having those costs directly billed---if there is a cut to community centers and clients are charged more for accessing the services?”
Like an over-maxed credit card at this point and time “their (our citizens’) own dollars are being squeezed tightly and now money is taken directly out of their pocket from the services that they have already used. It is problematic.”
Not only is it problematic for those who CAN complain about their funds depreciating. The latest on StatCan from the September 2009 Labor Force Survey, 7.4% hits our unemployment rate. 'Problematic' surpasses the pinching of their bank belts. It means to “be able to access the city services at a reasonable cost. That would entail putting funding in the city budget as opposed to putting the ones for funding on the individual.”
The other reality is that “there is a huge block of money into transit services that will come off the tax payer, with the regional district coming off the same tax dollar, too. All of these services are landing on these municipalities and communities and it is a problem because the property tax is not a bottomless pit” and “it is not a well to be contained in a vacuum.”
“You will see the same thing as transit fares go up again and the poorest people at the bottom who are taking transit are going to get squeezed.”
It’s just NOT FAIR.
Now, as annoying as it can be to be in a rush to go to work, only to find out that your wonderful two-lane street is now a half lane of converging swarms of single-occupied vehicles-- the city’s services are in high demand.
To get involved, the mayor asks businesses, groups and the public for budget input. So, for those still thinking that “it’s just NOT FAIR,” public sessions are on the following dates.