PETERS – Actually, the snow clearing budget does matter, and here’s why
WHEN WE PUBLISHED a table this week comparing snow clearing budgets in different B.C. communities, the response was swift.
“The budget doesn’t matter,” Facebook said.
“What matters is how the plow operators do their jobs.”
Well, those two factors are not mutually exclusive.
In fact, the budget directly relates to how the plow operators are doing their jobs.
Here’s how it works:
When a big snowfall hits, crews will work overtime to ensure arterial roads and bus routes at the very least are passable.
The snow clearing budget is largely set aside to pay for overtime expenses.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.
Actually it is not only the snow removal budget that matters, it is the whole city budgets that matters. Hopefully one day the local scribblers and supporters will pull their heads out of the sand and see “the forest for the trees” and maybe then some reckoning will occur.
Accountability should be the recurring theme in every single item, in every single department, in every single aspect of the the City’s operation.