Q20: 20 Questions for Langley Township Council candidates

 

Rick Green (for MAYOR) – Yes, however the discussion is moot point because a referendum would have to be agreed to by the City Council and passed and likewise the same in the Township. I think it is safe to say that won’t happen so why debate it?

Petrina Arnason – YES. I believe that there should be further intergovernmental discussions about the rationality of amalgamating in order to achieve efficiencies and cost benefits to taxpayer within the TOL and the City.  In the event that there is no immediate consensus about this going forward, I believe that there could nonetheless be other ways in which our communities could work together. 

 

Karl Buchanan – Yes in the long term, however realistically there is not a political will. Pragmatically, efficiencies in organizations should be found where amalgamations are possible. For example, perhaps the fire departments could be amalgamated.

Solon Bucholz – NOT SURE. There are benefits and negatives to this topic. This is a question that requires a substantial amount of research on behalf of the whole community and me. It also will require community input from both municipalities before any tax dollars should be spent on sending this to a ballot. 

David Davis – I don’t know. This should be a public referendum.

Bev Dornan – Don’t have a concrete opinion, but if and when Langley City feels that this is the right decision, I would welcome the move.

Zoshia Ettenberg – I certainly feel that we should seriously look at the feasibility and what Langley would look like if we did so. What kind of savings could be achieved and what programs could expand. 

Charlie Fox – Yes, get it done! 

Bob Long – No – unless the City wants to! 

Jackie Mandzak – No. I don’t feel that this is something that the City is interested in.  I also do not believe that the residents of the Township feel the need for amalgamation at this time.  While the subject is often brought up, there has been no large citizen based push for the Township to consider it.

Kevin Mitchell – YES, but only if there is a substantial majority (two-thirds or better) in favour from both communities. 

Scott Nichols – Yes. However, I do not think it will happen. The duplication in services, two mayors, councils, administration, staff, public works yard staff, fire department, etc. should result in a significant cost saving. But, in a reversal of 1955, it is now the Township that requires more investment in infrastructure (streetlights, water and sewer).  In addition, it is unlikely that the City will want to share the revenue generated each year from the Casino.

Angie Quaale – I don’t know. I would like to see a proper study around the issue, but until both parties agree to the benefits of even exploring the idea, it will never happen.

Kerri Ross – With increased Development Cost Charges (DCC’s), and the creation of Amenity Cost Charges (ACC’s) there should be adequate funding available from present taxes to hire fulfill the required staffing levels. 

Kim Richter – YES. Amalgamation could result in significant economies of scale and reduce municipal service redundancies. However, the City of Langley has to agree on holding a referendum in order to make this happen. To date the City of Langley has shown zero interest in an amalgamation referendum. No referendum means no amalgamation. 

Michelle Sparrow – Don’t Know. There would have to be an independent study completed on the issue to determine the positives and negatives to such a large decision. Ultimately the decision would come down to a referendum by both the City and Langley Township residents.

Blair Whitmarsh – No – Things seem good at the present time and amalgamation requires both parties to desire and agree to amalgamation.

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