Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Surrey mayor is dismayed over city’s debt load

The Surrey Now Leader is reporting that "Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum said he’s “deeply dismayed and shaken to the core” after learning the city is shouldering a $514 million debt load. In a release issued early Tuesday morning, McCallum said Surrey’s current debt is “simply untenable and frankly, irresponsible.”

The mayor vowed to “immediately bring the city’s spiraling debt under control. “When I was previously Mayor for nine years, I took great pride in running the city’s finances by saving first and avoiding debt. Council and I have agreed to immediately bring the city’s fiscal house in order,” McCallum stated. According to the release, staff will be directed to prepare a budget that will “significantly cut down the debt by embracing the principle of pay as you go.”

“I want to assure the citizens of Surrey that the services and programs that the city delivers will not be impacted and they can expect the same high level of service as before. What we will be doing as a council is determining what makes the most fiscal sense for our ratepayers and how to responsibly proceed with capital projects. In short, we will not mortgage the city’s future and will operate like a regular household by saving up and paying as we go.”

Three Cheers. The fact that the paper is quoting Tom Gill reveals the paper's biased ownership Post Media Propoganda who passioately lobbed for the tax and spend tsunami in the Vancouver Sun and Province. Tom who? Tommy the Tinker lost the election by a landslide. He is no longer an elected official. He's not the leader of the opposition. He doesn't have a seat any more because he was part of the problem. Dianne Watts put Surrey in record debt. Linda Hepner and Tom Gill perpetuated that debt by supporting junkets. That is the truth.

Doug McCallum is a true conservative not a tax and spend neo con like the others. He supports fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. He already got rid of paid parking at the hospital. He has already lowered taxes through fiscal restraint. This country needs more people like him.

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