Transparency needed

I was very concerned when I read that Township Council voted "no" to transparency of how our taxpayers dollars are being spent,


I was very concerned when I read that Township Council voted “no” to transparency of how our taxpayers dollars are being spent, when grants are awarded. Also calling financial transparency “mean and vindictive” does not seem relevant at all to the topic. Why shouldn’t nonprofit organizations have to submit a report to apprise taxpayers  how their grant money was spent? Sounds like good business practice to me and I am sure any reputable business school would agree.

I am weary of hearing, after the fact, of public and non public officials/organizations who abuse taxpayers money. Is the Portland Hotel Scandal not still fresh on everyone’s mind? Is senatorial misuse of taxpayers dollars such a long time ago that some council members cannot remember?

Whether it is a small business or a large municipality, surely it is critical to success that one knows where the money is spent.

Councillors should reconsider how they expect accountability for taxpayers money. Not everyone is honest. Best practices and transparency are a must when it comes to spending taxpayers  dollars. Thank you, Councillor Fox, who championed this degree of transparency  with our tax dollars. Township grants affect my tax dollars – do not give up being the advocate for me and the others that care.

M. Wickman, Langley

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