Residents of the District of Sooke:
For clarity… municipal administration in the Province of British Columbia, Canada, is something that has been created by Canadians and is to be recognized and respected.
Good done by groups is always good, even when they do other things later. To citizens groups that act as if, “always loud is always right”… responsible democratic municipal governance is about allowing you, hearing you and not having to listen to you.
Some people will always ask about money and numbers. Please ask, listen, process, confirm, clarify and then talk as if you have enough self-respect to be able to change what you’re saying. At all council meetings I propose a projected white board with spreadsheet cells in bordered row and column format with numbers being presented or typed in by… council’s acting secretary maybe.
EPCOR in my opinion… the community has said … “Hey, some people are making a lot of noise about this and we want more info before any deal, especially a 21-year deal, is signed, Eh…” People talk about the costs and the differences in costs relative to the monthly contracts per month. $57K comes from previous arrangements which were finished when that contract ran out. New contract means new. More clarity is… changes in ways that cost more are; expected in normal governance, due to changes in what is wanted and increased base cost fees. Forty per cent is the real number to remember for those who are interested in the different statements about operating costs.
The District of Sooke mayor and council are always here and always available to talk to. Staff at the district office are very willing and absolutely able to help people do most anything within the community. Forms to be filled in, property information looked up, bylaws and or access to anything within the District of Sooke.