ELECTION: Safe Surrey unveils financial platform

SURREY — Doug McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition released an eight-point financial platform Tuesday, saying Surrey residents want good service while knowing politicians respect public funds.

In the release, the mayoral candidate said the city “must return to focusing on services that fall within a tight fiscal framework.”

The eight points are as follows:

1. Freeze taxes for two years

2. Reverse growing debt through an aggressive repayment plan

3. Shut down the Surrey City Development Corporation

4. Eliminate plans to build a district energy heating system

5. Cut the City of Surrey’s operating budget by three per cent

6. Establish fixed cost public tenders

7. Discontinue the Surrey Regional Economic Summit

8. Reprioritize and increase funding for the Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan

“Years of out of control spending, waste and involvement in speculative business ventures have moved the city away from meeting the needs of Surrey residents,” said McCallum. “This plan puts the taxpayer first, both in terms of allowing the city to address pressing issues and priorities, and by having greater respect for taxpayer dollars.”

McCallum went on to say the city needs to re-look at how it’s spending taxpayer funds as, “city projects must benefit all citizens, which requires a complete overhaul of how City Hall interacts with the citizens of Surrey.”


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