The head of the Union of BC Municipalities says it is unfair the province is trying to bill local governments for crime scene DNA analysis.
In letter to Attorney General Suzanne Anton, UBCM president Al Richmond questions the provincial government’s authority demands it back down.
Richmond says local governments were not consulted before the bills suddenly began arriving.
He says the province does not appear to have even considered whether municipalities can even afford to pay.
In the next year, Richmond says the province will download almost $3 million to civic taxpayers.
He adds B.C.is the only provincial or territorial government in Canada who is not paying for these DNA crime scene analysis costs.
But Justice Minister is sticking to her guns.
Suzanne Anton insists municipalities should take it up with the feds, as they changed the funding model.
She says the province will continue to subsidized DNA testing by chipping in 1.3 million a year, and paid an additional 1.7 million this year to help out cash-strapped cities.