The Mayor of Port Coquitlam has voted against the city’s budget in a bid to send a message to the provincial government against the province ‘downloading’ more services onto municipalities.
Greg Moore says over the years, cities have been picking up the slack for many services like dike maintenance, DNA testing and ‘Prime’, a police records database.
“You know, the B.C. Liberals about not increasing taxes, it’s getting increased somewhere else at local government to make up for some of those services that aren’t being delivered by the provincial government anymore.”
Moore says he wants to draw the line. He says his biggest criticism is the province’s lack of funding for BC Ambulance.
“It was triggered when BC Ambulance reduced their call prioritization, so now it’s been shifted so the fire department is the first to show up for most medical calls,” he says.
“That means for the city, we’ve had to hire nine new firefighters.”
He says firefighters sometimes wait for long periods for an ambulance to get there, which he says is a waste of their time.
Two other councillors voted against the budget but it was passed with four councillors giving the green light.