Mayor Suggests a Trio of Changes
Prince George, B.C. – Mayor Lyn Hall has received unanimous support for three proposals he brought to the Council table this evening.
First, he called for staff to come back with a report and possible bylaw changes to reduce the age for ‘seniors’ to 60 from the current 65 so more people can take advantage of reduced rates at Civic facilities. “Many seniors are on fixed incomes which makes it more difficult and less affordable for them to be physically and socially active” says Mayor Hall. He says reducing the age for senior’s discount would “assist in enhancing the City’s delivery of services to the senior’s population . It also acknowledges that an age-friendly community, like Prince George understands how important it is to include seniors in all areas of community life and to work to meet the age-related needs of these citizens.”
The current bylaw covering fees and charges is in place until the end of 2016, but Hall would like to see the changes made in time to take effect January 1, 2016.
Council unanimously supported sending the request to Administration for review.
His second issue was about the cost of reducing the size of a garbage can. The Mayor pointed out that with more residents embracing recycling in Prince George, the need for a larger sized garbage can is slipping, but there is a $30 fee if a person wanted to downsize to a smaller can.
Then there is the matter of the voluntary water meter program. The previous program provided water meters free to those who wanted to move from the flat rate to a water meter. The program ended a couple of years ago. Mayor Hall says having a water meter can be beneficial to those who want to keep track of their water consumption and practice conservation.
There would be revenue and costs associated with the garbage can and water meter program, so he called for staff to come back with a report on the financial implications of scrapping the garage can change fee, and reinstating the voluntary water meter program . The cost of a meter is about $480 dollars and installation in an existing home is in the $1 thousand dollar range. The report is expected to be back before Council before the end of the year.