Letter: Delays to proposed WK city hall cost us all money

Disgruntled residents cause expensive delays—their next complaint will be about higher taxes.

To the editor:

As long term residents, we are very disappointed in the second guessing that is taking place to delay the approval of a new City Hall and Civic Centre in West Kelowna.

As seniors, we know that we have a great deal to offer to the community and it is distressing to see Mr. Graham and his supporters delay the process and add unnecessary costs to the process. I think we can all agree that we desperately need a new City Hall and that a new Civic Centre can only benefit the families in our community.

However, for reasons of “principle,” Mr. Graham and his supporters have now delayed the process by requiring a referendum that is going to cost in excess of $40,000 and further delay this worthwhile project. In our view, this referendum will be a complete waste of taxpayer funds and we fully expect the next complaint from Mr. Graham and his supporters will be about taxes going up!

Let’s agree that we need to move forward to improve our community and stop delaying approval unnecessarily. We voted for our council, let’s let them do the job that we put them in office to do.

Andrew Barker, West Kelowna