Coun. Ben Isitt noted while going through the 2019 budget that the $90,000 paid annually for seasonal decorations, including Christmas decorations, should be reconsidered. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News staff)

Victoria councillor responds to Christmas decoration backlash

Ben Isitt says question was part of a line-by-line analysis of Victoria’s 800-page budget document

A Victoria councillor has released a statement in response to public backlash over the City passing a motion to look into altering spending on Christmas decorations.

The statement released Tuesday on Coun. Ben Isitt’s Twitter account, said the question about appropriate level of public funding on decorations, which came up as part of a line-by-line analysis of Victoria’s 800-page budget document, was consistent with his promise in the recent election campaign to advocate for cost-effective public services.

RELATED: Reader response: City of Victoria considers scrapping Christmas decorations

Isitt noted while going through the 2019 budget that the $90,000 paid annually for seasonal decorations, including Christmas decorations, should be reconsidered.

Since the story was published hundreds of people have commented on the idea, most expressing opposition to the idea.

“This is the issue that the media has chosen to focus on, which is their right. I intend to continue focusing on the major issues confronting our community – including housing rights, climate change and other measures to build a strong, sustainable city and region,” wrote Isitt.

READ MORE: City of Victoria considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations

The question about the decorations, he said, was in the context of other priorities for public services and whether the money could be better spent elsewhere.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay chief puts an end to dad jokes on police Twitter

No more jokes on Oak Bay Police Twitter account

Friday night tickets affect Saturday behaviour at the University of Victoria

Saanich police see direct response after issuing several $230 fines

Sidney part of a region that suffers ‘chronic shortage’ of daycare spaces

Consultants find that Sidney needs 233 new spaces to meet the current demand for daycare

Thieves harvest from 11 unlocked cars in Oak bay

Looting unlocked cars called ‘farming,’ says deputy chief

HMCS Victoria popping up as training sessions underway

MARPAC says plume of smoke normal for recharging submarine

COVID-19: 4 more deaths, 366 new cases in B.C. since Friday

A total of 8,208 people in B.C. have tested positive for COVID-19 since January

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Group wants Parliament, courts to hold social media to same standard as publishers

Daniel Bernhard made the comments shortly after Friends of Canadian Broadcasting released a research paper

COVID-19 liquor, music rules extended with fines

‘Nightclubs must cease operating as nightclubs’

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Carole James heads ‘caretaker’ B.C. government

James is among 15 MLAs retiring at the end of their current term

B.C.’s Chase Claypool catches first NFL touchdown pass

Abbotsford grad establishes new record for longest scrimmage TD by a Canadian

B.C. has highest number of active COVID-19 cases per capita, federal data shows

B.C. currently has 1,803 active cases after weeks of COVID-19 spikes in the province

Most Read