Green light for core service review

Scrutiny of operations at City of Vernon going ahead

A long-promised scrutiny of operations is moving ahead at the City of Vernon.

Council approved the terms of reference for a core service review Monday, and administration is expected to report back on the search for a review consultant Sept. 10.

“I’m happy we’re finally moving ahead,” said Coun. Bob Spiers, who has pushed for a review for years and garnered the support of his colleagues after last year’s election.

Spiers describes the city as not being financially sustainable and says there is a need to look at expenditures and new sources of revenue. However, he won’t provide the consultant with any guidance.

“I won’t pre-judge what comes out of it,” said Spiers of the review.

It’s possible the results of the review could be before council for consideration in early 2013.

“We want information that allows us to have a sustainable budget process,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky, adding there is also a need to ensure that the services residents want are provided.

The cost of the core service review is $80,000.