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Quesnel Takes Steps to Cut Expenditures and Erase Infrastructure Deficit

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 5:11 PM

Quesnel, B.C.- Council for the City of Quesnel  has cut its own travel budget by 34% and  made significant cuts to its discretionary spending.

The cuts are in addition to  Quesnel Council’s previous decision to roll back  the pay increase approved  before the November 15th election.

Quesnel is facing a revenue shortfall of about $600 thousand dollars, and the cuts are part of the effort to  reduce that shortfall and keep any tax increase to a minimum in  order to maintain programs and services at 2014 levels.

“I’m pleased to be part of a team that wanted to take a leadership role in finding the cost savings we needed to maintain 2014 service levels without increasing property taxes for general revenue ”says Mayor Bob Simpson.

The shortfall is due to the loss of industrial taxation in the wake of the closure of the Canfor mill  and the reassessment of a  West Fraser asset.  Simpson says there are also inflationary pressures.

In addition to the cuts approved by Council, Senior management  at Quesnel City Hall  have agreed to a  wage freeze in order to spare  layoffs or staff cuts.


Still, there are challenges, not the least of which is the annual infrastructure deficit  which  has been pegged at $2 million  a year.  Simpson says  in order to address that deficit alone,  Council would have had to  boost taxes by more than 19% in 2015.  He says instead,  the savings and  applying any annual budget surplus to the  capital reserve account,  the City’s infrastructure deficit can be addressed with a 5% tax increase for infrastructure only this year and next year.


The $675,000 raised through a 5% tax increase would be transferred to the City’s Capital Reinvestment Reserve which can only be used for the repair and replacement of roads and sidewalks. The proposed 5% tax increase represents an increase of $34.56 for the average house in Quesnel or $20.81/$100,000 in assessed value.


“Quesnel is a vibrant and resilient community. As its elected leaders, Council is focused on ensuring the financial sustainability of the City and maintaining its infrastructure in order to ensure that Quesnel will continue to attract and retain residents, businesses and investment through this transition period,” said Mayor Simpson.


Are you reading this mayor and council of PG.. Two cities have shown what needs to be done financially.. Your turn to step up.

Maybe it’s slowly spreading North.

you have to love how the mayor of Quesnel was able to quickly and efficiently save money without spending money to get external accountants to tell him how to save money. Can PG get a refund of their money?

No wonder the dippers didn’t want him. Hey Mayor Hall and council, are you taking notes?

Well PVal I am sure the firefighter contract you love so much is going to help the PG budget stay in line. They get to “negotiate” another 16% raise next year when this contract expires … Yay!

I have a friend who lives in Quesnel similar home as mine. Difference he pays approx. $1700 less a year between his land taxes and city services, But I have Costco and UNBC.

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