Telkwa poor in spending: CFIB

Some of the towns in northern B.C. aren’t the best when it comes to spending taxpayers’ dollars, according to a report by the CFIB.

Some of the towns in northern B.C. aren’t the best when it comes to spending taxpayers’ dollars, according to a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The B.C. Municipal Spending Watch 2014, released recently, analyzes how well municipalities across the province have been spending money over the past 12 years.

According to the report, which ranks municipalities based on their operating costs and the rate of operating spending growth, the costs of local government per capita was highest in northern B.C. at $2,324.

The Village of Telkwa is the worst when it comes to spending in the Bulkley Valley, ranked 138 out of 151 municipalities, dropping 67 spots from the previous year, when it was ranked 71.

In 2012, the tax spending per capita was $1,881 in the village.

“It seems like there are many municipalities in the North that have some spending problems. We understand that there needs to be some expansion of the operating budget, some of these communities are growing, some aren’t, but there are some that are growing and they know that necessitates a bigger budget to provide municipal services to that added population,” said Richard Truscott, B.C. director with the federation.

But Telkwa’s deputy mayor and mayoral candidate Rimas Zitkauskas defended the municipality’s spending.

“Nobody wants to spend more than we need to. But at the same time, we need to realize that we have to start spending what we have to spend otherwise, more and more communities, especially rural communities are going to head down that road,” said Zitkauskas, noting that some rural communities have asked to be dissolved or are merging with larger neighbouring communities because they were unable to support themselves.

“We need to ensure that the long-term growth of our community is there. As we grow, we can reduce the contributions needed by individual residents.”

The Town of Smithers rounded out the pack, dropping to 70 from 64 last year; and Hazelton was ranked 107.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Single-engine aircraft crashes near Telkwa

Two occupants of the plane sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospital

Search on for mushroom picker missing from near Kitwanga

Tommy Dennis was last seen Sept 16 wearing blue jeans, black cap, rubber boots, grey checked sweater

Northwest firefighters headed to Oregon to battle wildfires

Over 200 B.C. firefighting personnel will assist in the U.S.

Cullen announces bid for provincial NDP nomination for Stikine riding

Current MLA Donaldson not seeking re-election

Another Telkwa councillor calls it quits

Councillor Rick Fuerst is the second Telkwa council member to hang up his hat since the 2018 election

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

Most Read