Approved by council and supported by a wish-list submitted by a majority of more than 500 citizen responses the December 15th issue of the Chilliwack Progress reported the tax rate was moving upward by 2.62 per cent for 2018.
I fully understand costs rise, and the tax rate more often than not has to rise in response. That said, what I never hear about are measures that address wastage or what is being done to reduce current or redundant costs. As a simple example: a city vehicle parked with engine idling wasting gas going nowhere.
There is also the old story of fighting a fire with a water bucket full of holes. The full capacity of the bucket is lost as water drips out and never gets to the fire. The same happens with money when a worthy project cannot be funded because of a wasted expense elsewhere.
The explanation of why the city requires more money is good; tell too what has been done to economize.