An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
WHEN KAMLOOPS CITY COUNCIL approved funds for detailed design plans for an addition to the RCMP detachment building on Battle Street, I admit it caught my attention.
I wondered how it’s possible to spend $4.75 million just for blue prints, then another $50 million to $80 million for the addition itself.
There’s no doubt more space and an upgrade are necessary, but those are staggering numbers. They pale by comparison, however, to the provincial government’s plans to tear down the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria and replace it with a totally new building. That cost — with no detailed plans and not even conceptual drawings — is somehow estimated at an unbelievable $789 million.
Add in a plan to take the provincial archives out of the museum building and move them to a new building of their own, and the NDP’s grandiose intentions will cost taxpayers a billion dollars.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.