Delta Highlights Successes and Priorities at B.C. Government Pre-Budget Consultation
Oct 16, 2014
Mayor Lois E. Jackson, accompanied by CAO George V. Harvie, presented Delta's infrastructure successes and priorities at the B.C. Government's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services budget consultation held yesterday in Delta. At the consultation, Mayor Jackson spoke about the importance of continuing partnerships on infrastructure projects that support Delta's local economy and services.
“As we look to the future, there are many opportunities to work with the Province on projects that support the local community and the Province as a whole,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “The George Massey Tunnel is one such project; we both seek the efficient and reliable movement of goods and people along this vital transportation corridor.”
Highlighting the infrastructure stimulus funding Delta has received since 2009, Mayor Jackson emphasized the benefits of these partnerships, which have so far resulted in the completion of 16 major community projects, including Sungod Recreation Centre Expansion, Delta Sport Development Centre, Ladner/Steveston Harbour Local Channel Dredging, and improvements along Nordel Way. Together, these 16 projects represent an investment in the community of approximately $66.8 million.
“Clearly the relationships we have created through our successful on-time and on- budget delivery model are continuing to pay dividends for citizens, the municipality, and the Province. I encourage the Province to look at this outstanding record of success and pursue even more infrastructure project partnerships for the benefit of our citizens and the business community,” said Mayor Jackson.
In an effort to achieve greater value for service, Mayor Jackson expressed concerns regarding the Auditor General for Local Government. In May 2013, Delta was selected by the Provincial Auditor General for a performance audit on Achieving Value for Money in Operational Procurement. To date, Delta has spent many hours facilitating various Provincial audit teams with no recommendations or reports expected to be released by the Auditor General for Local Government until March 2015. A key concern from Delta’s perspective is the time taken by the Province to conduct this nearly two year performance audit. In comparison, Delta’s independent municipal auditor conducts and completes its annual audit of Delta’s financial statements, including a formal report to Council, within six weeks.
Mayor Jackson also acknowledged Delta-North MLA Scott Hamilton, who was appointed to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services earlier this year, for the opportunity to hold a Provincial pre-budget consultation in Delta for the first time.
The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is expected to release a report in mid-November on the results of its consultations, with recommendations regarding the Provincial budget and fiscal policy for the coming year.