Looks like Shaun’s article in the Nov. 11th,2009 Northern View supports my previous postings about how extravagant this city is when it comes to spending taxpayer’s money. Per Capita Spending in PR is $1,846 compared to our friends up the hwy in Terrace who spend $1,104 per capita.
For those that are concerned that our tax rates are amongst the highest in the province and serve as a disincentive to businesses wishing to come to Rupert, the full report makes for interesting reading and may be read at;
This report makes the following observations.
“The biggest cost drivers of municipalities are municipal wages and benefits. According to the UBCM, 60 per cent of a typical municipal budget goes to salaries.”
“It is interesting to note that municipalities with relatively low per capita spending, such as Surrey, Abbotsford, and North Cowichan, have fewer total employees per 1,000 population. Correspondingly, West Vancouver, Whistler, and Prince Rupert have higher than average per capita spending and a relatively high number of total employees.”
It also poses the following question on page 20 of their report.
Why does Prince Rupert need 15 permanent employees per 1,000 population but Kelowna needs only 6?
Perhaps our Mayor or councillors would care to take a stab at answering this basic question. Jack, Kathy, Nelson, Joy, Sheila, Anna, Gina?