Does council have a clue?

New council's pledges of teamwork will be tested by the harsh realities of budget cuts, says Alberni resident.

To the Editor,

According to a recent interview, mayor-elect Mike Ruttan believes in teamwork and in increasing our population through new economic activity. He seems to think that the new executive team (council) can function like a well-oiled machine with minimal conflict.

Just wait for the discord when the politicians have to deal with the harsh realities of budget cuts, especially at Parks, Recreation, & Heritage.

Wages increases for CUPE employees are built in for the next four years, but management’s cost of living increases could be cut. Then there’s the question of RCMP and fire department costs. Also there are the additional costs of water, garbage, and sewer.

Just watch your taxes go up again with possible rent increases for the poor.

Everyone knows that the way to economic growth is to bring in new industry with well paying jobs which in turn will attract small businesses. But does Mike Ruttan?

The modern alternative, of course, is to bring in businesses that depend on computer technology such as the making of video games and other new programming. But it’s unlikely that such will happen here.

Lastly, we’re in a medical crisis, especially with the lack of a new multi-level facility of 30–60 beds. And city council and the regional district along with Island Health are sitting on their royal duffs.

Hospital expansion is needed and more doctors, so at present the last thing we need is an expanding population.

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni