No Quorum, is no Reason to not post the 2020 budget!

The 2020 UBID budget was approved in October. Why the delay in posting this information for the landowners? Could it be that, once again, landowners must vote “blind” on Saturday November 23? Seems like a repeat of the April AGM which was held after the April election. It is just plain wrong and unfair. This is not how a responsible, accountable and transparent government works. Another reason to covert to the CVRD we would then have staff trained in local government who know and follow legislation, understand Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy. As well, we would qualify for Infrastructure Grants and municipal financing well below the RBC rates we currently have.

Please get out and vote for Ian Munro if you care about your wallet, your water and our community.

UBID ELECTION!

Great to see a choice of candidates. Based on saving landowners money, my vote will go to Ian Munro, who has experience and understands the benefits of becoming a service area of CVRD and the need for making decisions based on facts.

This is a good time to announce that I will not be running for re election as Trustee in April 2020. There will be two trustee positions available. (Bitten and Kaljur)

Right now, is the time to get involved in local government. Union Bay is facing massive infrastructure upgrades beyond the Water Treatment Plant. Currently, we do not qualify for infrastructure grants or municipal financing. Instead, 690 households are paying for everything. Both your parcel taxes and water tolls will have to increase significantly every year. If we convert to CVRD we would get grants and municipal financing (which is 2% below prime). It just makes Cent$!

VOTE for Ian Munro UBID Trustee. Advance poll Tues. Nov. 12 and election day is Saturday November 23, 2019

Who will Be Trustee?

Nominations close Nov. 5, 2019. The letter from UBID to CVRD was sent on September 20, 2019 to initiate the study of the pros and cons of becoming a service area of the CVRD (conversion) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is in full support.

Union Bay can not afford to delay any longer. Why? We can NOT access municipal financing and infrastructure grants until UBID becomes a service area of the CVRD.

What’s flying out of your wallet will be revealed whenever UBID decides to post the 2020 Budget, which the Board approved on October 17, 2019. For the record, as Trustee, I did not vote in favour of the 2.5 Cost of Living (COLA) increase in Administrative salaries. We can not afford it at this time especially when administration wages have doubled in the last 2 years.

We have not had administrative support at any Board meetings since May, 2019. This has had a clear impact on how the meetings are conducted. Supporting documents are not included, agenda items are placed ‘in camera’ when they are not, agenda items are dropped or not carried forward etc. It is unfair, in my opinion, to a volunteer Board to operate this way manner as it affects our ability to make informed decisions.