LETTER: CRD flushing money down the drain

We’ve been told that the CRD directors are looking out for the taxpayer regarding the wastewater project.

Why is there no posted financial statement to prove the expenses to date? Until the expenses are varified, how can the taxpayer believe that the project is “on time, under budget”?

Albert Sweetnam received $297,000 salary for two years plus a $500,000 severance package, two years later for not getting the job done. He would have received an additional years pay if the project had been completed by September 2018.

It is as if some of the CRD directors are playing the Jeopardy game. Perhaps we should be asking them questions like: What is transparency? Why has the CRD taken 20 years just to reject “new IRM technology?” What is the true meaning of “on time, on budget’?

There has been a complete change of direction on IRM by a majority of the CRD directors.

Suddenly, the IRM costs have been taken from the balance sheet. Is this an example of political trickery by deferring the IRM cost of $100 million, just before this year’s municipal election?

Other questions: Why isn’t the $17 million Viewfield property being converted to affordable housing, if it is not required for the wastewater project?

Has the CRD now become real estate speculators and holding assets while adding to the sewage debt? Are some of the directors applying 3D finance techniques (defer, delay, dawdle) of the former provincial government?

The taxpayers deserve a true financial statement that they can scrutinize before the next municipal election. We have experienced politicians who know how to handle the media and know how to manipulate the voter.

The voters just need to know the truth.

Art Bickerton


Just Posted

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

Victoria police concerned about missing man’s well-being

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

Fracking, economy, climate at centre of Green Party town hall in Metchosin

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and local candidate David Merner take questions from community

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Most Read