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As mounties get set to move into their new $1.2 billion headquarters in Surrey both provincial and local governments remain in the dark about how much of the bill they will foot.
Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender says the cost sharing between Ottawa, the province, and municipalities was supposed to be settled in negotiations.
But with four months to go until the mounties move in, Fassbender says there have been absolutely no talks at all.
"No there have been no substantive discussions on all of the issues surrounding Green Timbers between the province and the federal government and of course the province has asked for municipal representatives to participate in those discussions they have not happened yet at all."
Fassbender puts the blame on the federal government.
"I think the whole process has been frustrating with the lack of information and the inability to really drill down into what the real facts are it speaks about the inability for the feds to really engage in an active way and that has been a lot of the pressure on a number of fronts and we are going to continue to push for that."
The negotiations will be between the feds and the province but the cost will also be split with municipalities.
The Mayor of Port Coquitlam says the cost of the new Surrey RCMP headquarters needs to be laid out for local governments sooner rather than later.
Greg Moore says the unknown cost is crucial for city budgets.
"We are concerned and it could have a financial impact on us and it is something that we really need to know as soon as we can not only is the building going to be ready for occupancy soon but most of us as local governments are going through our budget for next year and so we would like to be able to put in the right numbers there to ensure we have the money to pay for our portion."
Moore says local governments are still being hung out to dry despite the new RCMP deal.
"You know I think when we signed this new contract we talked about open communciations and being proactively notified about cost drivers and you know I think this is just another example of how nothing has changed."
Moore says with no negotiations yet the buck, in his mind, stops with the provincial government.
"My understanding is the provincial government negotiating with the federal government on the space that is required for E-division and so it's not the RCMP negotiating it, it's not local government negotiating it, it is the provincial government so we will just have to wait and see where they are at with that."