Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nanaimo City Council Meeting Apr. 16/12

Nanaimo City Council Meeting
Monday, April 16 , 2012 - 7:00 PM
Shaw Auditorium
Vancouver Island Convention Centre

You can view this week's Council Meeting Agenda here - - -  Agenda .

Democracy Works When The Public Stays Involved
It Is Too Important To Leave To Politicians

Council decided to add another $700,000 to the $844,000,000 financial plan to pay for a communications person (spin doctor), do you think that is a good use of YOUR tax dollar??

Last Year They Decided to Spend $16,000,000.00 On A New Staff Office. An Amount Equal To YOUR Tax Increase for 5 Years!

How The 2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Will Affect You:
Tax Increases Planned 16% Water Rates Increase 25%
$350,000 House Taxes and User Rates To Increase $375.00 /Yr.

Attending in person is the best way to see your business being taken care of, second best is watching on Shaw Cable from the comfort of your easy chair, it is also available live online using this link, and last but not least is reading what the local press says went on.

Archived video is available of previous meetings at the same link used for live online coverage. You have to remember that the newspaper does not print everything that happens in a council meeting, and as a matter of fact, if their reporter dozes off at the wrong time, they might even miss something important. So, watch the meeting for yourself, and get involved with how YOUR city council takes care of YOUR business.

Past councils have been pretty generous with the way they have been spending your money, but don't blame them, YOU are the one who needs to keep on top of what is really going on if you ever hope for your taxes to quit going up every year.Remember taxes are scheduled to increase by nearly 16% in the next four years. If you don't think you can afford another $500 or so, then you need to be more involved with the process.

The past council voted behind closed doors to spend $16 million on a new annex for city hall staff, in spite of a report which said that $4.2 million would upgrade the existing annex. That's YOUR money they are playing fast and loose with, and they did it without going to public tender! GET INVOLVED!

You can view this week's Council Meeting Agenda here - - -  Agenda .


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