21 years is too long

After reading last week’s paper, I felt compelled to write a letter to correct a misconception with our sewer revenue. Last week Mr. Milne commented on our sewer deficit.

The budget states that the sewer system operated at a deficit of $178,000 in 2010, however, the year end auditor’s report states that the sewer system actually had a surplus at the end of 2010 of $112,000.

Our sewer system is very new. I believe that there is no better time to start our own public works department. Sooke lost logging and fishing as an economic booster, so why would we not want to create a new industry? The answer I received to that exact question was, “we don’t have the manpower or the trucks.” To this I say hire a sewer expert and buy some trucks. If we lost our engineer, we’d hire a new one, so why not hire a few people to operate our sewer system?

The operating fees have almost doubled in comparison to what was projected only five years ago. We should ask ourselves — have labour costs doubled or has the price of trucks doubled?

The major issue I have with this contract is the fact that council did not put it out to the public bid process.

Council did not throughly research the possibility of a municipally run system. Lastly, the termination clause is too costly. Here are the key points: We cannot terminate in the first five years and if on the sixth year the council of the day chooses to cancel, the district will be on the hook for repaying the $500,000 concession fee (pro-rated) as well as any capital that is planned, the contract proposes to spend $689,000 in the first five years, and to top it off, 12 months operating and management fee which is over $900,000.

Twenty-one years is too long, it handcuffs seven councils.

I urge every taxpayer in Sooke to ask a lot of questions. All of council can be reached by email, mine is Bev.Berger@yahoo.ca

Bev Berger

Sooke

 

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

Just Posted

Sooke temporary homeless shelter packs up early

Occupants to leave facility by June 22

Greater Victoria transit usage sees gradual rise

Ridership still down 66 per cent compared to last year

‘The face of Belmont’: Custodial staff at Langford school pivot to support parents, students

Staff serve as point of contact for parents, students with school

Government Street becomes pedestrian-priority corridor

One block of downtown street closed to cars entirely

Name of victims ‘ripped down’ from Victoria display

Organizers feel the act is ‘malicious’

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Damage happens every year, forcing site manager to reallocate improvement budget to repairs

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

Man found dead in his tent at Island homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

Most Read