ELECTION: Rasode promises pay cut if policing commitments not met by 2015

SURREY — One Surrey has released its full platform, and in it, a new promise that council will take a 10 per cent wage cut if the slate’s commitment to having 200 Community Safety Officers on the ground isn’t fulfilled by the end of 2015.

Mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode also promises an independent audit of each city hall department within 60 days and the new city hall project.

The slate commits to cutting one per cent from the city’s discretionary spending, which would be reinvested into public safety.

Rasode says she will stop “needless” trips to foreign countries, will get rid of the mayor’s car allowance and put a cap on expenses.

“Surrey doesn’t have a money problem, it has a spending problem,” Rasode claims, adding spending has increased by $75 million in the last four years, while debt has gone from zero to $245 million.

One Surrey promises to implement a new agriculture strategy, which would include creating incubator farms on city-owned land, partnering with post-secondary institutions to provide mentorship to new farmers, and building a permanent farmers market, similar to Granville Island.

The slate, if elected, also says it will create “PlanSurrey,” said to be a roadmap for growth, development and environmental protection.

One Surrey plans to consider partnering with the private sector to help fund a light rail system and would launch a pilot project down 104th Avenue. Other transportation promises include “fast-tracking” rapid bus and community shuttle services, fighting for a regional tolling strategy and investing in the city’s road network.

The platform includes a commitment to building a Clayton Heights rec centre and the largest field hockey hub in North America.

See the full platform online in its entirety at onesurrey.ca.



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