What cost the consultants?

Page one of the March 27 PNR announced “six percent tax hike up for debate for Central Saanich.”

Page one of the March 27 PNR announced “six percent tax hike up for debate for Central Saanich.” Taxpayers were further informed their council hired independent financial consultants because staff are on leave.

Are the most qualified individuals to develop the budget not those most intimately familiar with its operations or are taxpayers missing something?

Did staff leave take precedence over this critical assignment? What did contracting out the job cost taxpayers?

Also in the same edition of the PNR, regarding traffic signals. The first priority of any government is the safety of its citizens.

Stop kicking-the-can-down-the-road. Put in traffic lights at the intersection of East Saanich and Mt. Newton X Rd. before someone gets injured or killed.

Ron Devion, Brentwood Bay