Municipal Politics: Mayor John Becker 3 years Into His Term

By on June 10, 2017
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Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker has been in the News lately, I just wanted to remind people what he and council have accomplished so far in their three years in office. The last three years has seen the City of Pitt Meadows record the lowest taxes in Metro Vancouver with an average increase of 1.66 %. This year the rate is set at 0.64 , which will again put Pitt Meadows at the lowest or among the lowest tax increases for 2017.

What makes this special is that in 2016 Pitt Meadows hired a $90,000 Environmental officer, created between 40-45 jobs, many jobs are now being done in house rather than being contracted out.
In 2016 the City brought the Parks and Rec and Arts and Culture departments in house. This was done on budget and without a disruption in services. A living wage policy was voted on and with council direction will move forward. Council also approved an additional RCMP officer at a price of $166,000. Also included is $180,000 going to “Infrastructure Replacement” within the city. The garbage contract as well as the contract with MMBC will see the City of Pitt Meadows save $2.7 million dollars over the next 7 years .

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