Can Vancouver square the circles of it’s budget?
Staff have presented their budget to council calling for a 5% property tax hike, which translates to ten bucks a month for the average homeowner. And while many departments face cuts, the police think their increase is actually a decrease (math is hard) and want more. They need not fear though, because the mayor is not “anti-cop.”
Ken Sim also has a plan to address permit backlogs, which will totally not lead to abuse or staff revolt.
Vancouver looks at building more homes around Renfrew and Rupert SkyTrains, while Burnaby struggles with a few townhomes by BCIT. But things are brighter in Surrey – or at least they will be once staff sanitize their housing needs report.
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And the hits don’t stop for the tiny home on the tiny lot.
In this week’s Vancouveratta: The Canada Post Building.