There’s that old quote, attributed to no one in particular, that states: “No matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.”
It must have special, unhappy meaning for the good folks at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, who annually release their B.C. Municipal Spending Watch report.
Each year, they point out that spending by municipal governments of different political persuasions all across B.C. is outpacing inflation by several multiples, only to come back a year later to learn that nothing changes, despite their dire warnings.
This year was no different.
The 2017 report, which studied operational spending by B.C. city halls between 2005 and 2015, revealed that municipal spending increased by 46 per cent over that period, when adjusted for inflation — “almost four times the province’s population growth rate of 12 per cent.”
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