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"There may some a time when it just gets to be too much."
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Smaller communities also receive unconditional grants from the province, and a municipal auditor general would check whether they are spent effectively. All municipalities get federal and provincial cost sharing grants for major projects, and an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Gold
This year, taxes went up by 5.6 per cent for the average homeowner in Maple Ridge. The district's overall tax bill is also among the lowest in the Lower Mainland.
"I'd just like equal access to theirs," he said, with a laugh, but added that the people who complain about out of control tax increases should take a closer look at what's actually on paper.
But the minister responsible says an auditor won't mean the province is going to start micro managing municipalities. Municipalities in late July to discuss the plan.
taxes are a problem municipalities need to fix themselves.
Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin has no problem with the province reviewing the district's books.
Both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have heard no details about the provincial governments plans but indicated reports on the auditor are being prepared for council when they return after the summer break. government took similar steps to oversee school districts, imposing common payroll and personnel systems on boards of education and appointing "superintendents of achievement" to monitor district efforts to raise student performance.
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government's plan to appoint a municipal auditor general has raised concerns in local government with councils worrying they'll be told how to tax and spend. Liberal leadership. She proposed expanding the auditor general's office and to "review the municipal taxation formula."
Most home owners in Pitt Meadows saw a tax increase of around 5.95 per cent this year.
Successive governments have downloaded more and more services onto municipalities, said MacLean, mentioning the greenhouse gas reduction requirements imposed by the province on cities.
"More than half of our municipalities have populations under 5,000," Chong added. "They don't have the capacity to do value for money audits or performance audits."
the provincial auditor will saddle already busy city staff with more work.
"I think our budget process is very transparent. It is open," Daykin added.
Chong said municipal tax rates wouldn't be the first priority, but a municipal auditor general may choose to compare rates and their effect on industrial development.
"What I would like to have is not only a chat with the guy doing the [auditor] work but the politicians who are putting it into place."
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