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Saanich budget discussions focus on engineering-related spending Tuesday
CFAX 1070 March 6, 2012
Saanich continued budget discussions Tuesday night, with a focus on engineering-related spending.
Saanich Councillor Dean Murdock says the replacement of the Craigflower Bridge was one item discussed.
"that's a project that will get underway this year, it's valued at about 10.8 million dollars, and that's almost entirely covered by gas tax revenue that was given to Saanich and View Royal for the replacement of the Craigflower Bridge"
Two Saanich councillors resign from PCC board over B.C. budget
By Kyle Slavin - Saanich News
Saanich council's two representatives on the Provincial Capital Commission have resigned following the revelation that the provincial government will sell off millions of dollars worth of surplus provincial land.
Saanich Coun. Dean Murdock tendered his resignation to PCC board chair Bill Wellburn this morning (Thursday). Councillor Nichola Wade also stepped down Thursday morning.
Finding funds amid financial belt-tightening
Kyle Slavin, Saanich News
With uncertainty surrounding how much – if any – money will come from senior levels of government to pay for infrastructure upgrades that come with billion-dollar price tags, the mayoral candidates propose different approaches to foot the portion Saanich will be expected to pay.
Incumbent mayor Frank Leonard says creating a longer-term, multi-year fiscal plan must be created to respect taxpayers’ ability to pay for projects like a mandated sewage treatment facility and a proposed light rail system.
What will be the best way for Saanich to balance its annual budget while also finding money to pay for large-ticket items such as sewage and light rail?
Dean Murdock, council candidate:
Saanich Council is putting the finishing touches on the 2011 budget that focuses on building a stronger, healthier, and safer community. The budget will be presented to Council for adoption the first week of May. Here are some of the highlights:
We’re making mobility our priority. Saanich residents can enjoy more of this great community on foot or on bike with over $2 million in new sidewalks and bike lanes. We’re investing in roads like Tattersal and Admirals – making them into pedestrian-friendly corridors and not the car-centred thoroughfares they’ve become.
For the second year in a row, Council increased the sidewalk construction budget by a half-million dollars. This provides a much needed boost to spending to accelerate pedestrian infrastructure projects all over Saanich. The increase in sidewalk spending represents a significant shift in priorities in favour of pedestrian mobility.
SAANICH COUNCILLOR SAYS CREST PARTNERS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER
CFAX 1070 - March 23, 2010
ONE SAANICH COUNCILLOR SAYS HE DISAGREES WITH THE CREST BOARD THAT VICTORIA HAS TO GO ALONE ON THE COSTS FOR A NEW EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM.
DEAN MURDOCK SAYS PARTNERS ALL INVESTED IN THIS TOGETHER AND ONE MEMBER ISN'T SATISFIED SO THE REGION NEEDS TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION...