Another municipal budget has come to order, and once again the city has balanced the budget in the face of increasing costs being downloaded from the provincial and federal governments.
In spite of this lack of support, Burnaby council - all members of the Burnaby Citizens Association - has made sure critical services are funded while investing in the future of the city.
More importantly, Burnaby had money allocated for important capital investments, the same investments that made Maclean's magazine rank Burnaby as the best-run city in Canada in 2009. These investments don't just make the city run more efficiently, they provide the leisure activities that make Burnaby such an attractive place to live.
This is the municipal government we deserve; a government that is fiscally prudent and still has the willingness to put forward money to invest in our social needs and the future.
Trevor Ritchie, Burnaby
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