The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce has given its support to the provincial government’s plan to create an Office of the Municipal Auditor General.
“This office will provide benefit to local government. Over time it will develop best practices for local governments that will lead to improved capacity, leading to better decision making” said Kelowna Chamber president Karen Hawes.
“All levels of government should welcome any structure that enhances decision making in the interest of their taxpayers.”
The concept for a MAG office in B.C. was developed in a 2010 policy paper by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, which focused on creating equity in the property tax system and bringing transparency to local government.
Chambers of commerce recognize that many local governments face challenges providing services with limited financial means. However, many tax rates are set with little to no involvement by the public and with no effective oversight.
“The legislation of this new office has the potential to fundamentally change the way municipalities in B.C. operate,” said John Winter, president of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud the government for making this bold move.”