At the start of the budget deliberations for the taxation year 2017, this would be a perfect time for the mayor and council to do some serious engaging with the citizens of Penticton on the current infrastructure deficit.
Possibly, each member of council could explain how they propose to fund the infrastructure deficit and to detail cost allocation requirements as to how the business and residential communities will be impacted.
Each member of council could spend 10 minutes at the start of budget deliberations and explain the steps that they personally believe need to be taken to tackle the infrastructure deficit. Council members could also discuss steps that they have undertaken in the 2017 budget discussion papers that will start the painful increases in property taxation and utility rates.
Most taxpayers would be appreciative if your discussions covered property tax increases and utility rate increases required to be implemented over the subsequent 10 years of the operations of the City of Penticton.
Councillor Picton is looking for engagement from the public and the public are looking for engagement by the mayor and council.
On behalf of all citizens, I am thanking you in advance for your engagement on the pending infrastructure deficit discussions that need to be finalized in the near future.
Ted Wiltse, Penticton