I wonder how foolish Karen Harper must have felt about her letter “More budget woes in Saanich” after flipping forward a couple of pages to find the headline “Council slash budget…” You see Karen, council is busy routing out inefficiencies, waste, unproductive bureaucratic creep, and pie in the sky pet projects all while protecting us from ourselves. Only two councillors were against the slash, fearing the drastic impact a slash would surely have on city operations over misguided taxpayers whining about a few measly bucks.
Of course, it’s a little disappointing to discover that a spending increase of 2.75 per cent or a budget trim of just one-third of one per cent constitutes a “slash” at least in the reporter’s mind. Oh well Karen, at least council saved some money by not funding the business case you wanted. They do have to make the hard decisions. No one said exercising tough fiscal control would be easy.