Questions arise on annual report

Vernon council has received the draft 2012 annual report which details the city’s activities, including financial, for the previous year

There’s suggestions that a key City of Vernon document needs some editing.

Council has received the draft 2012 annual report which details the city’s activities, including financial, for the previous year.

“I have questions about the accuracy of some of it,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

“I found five or six factual errors and if we get the public looking at them, it could be embarrassing.”

Among the items, Spiers says there is a wrong figure for the business to residential tax ratio and the number of sewer connections appears to have shrunk since 2011.

He also says that Mayor Rob Sawatzky’s reference to taxation as part of total revenue does not align with another part of the report.

“People will look at the mayor’s speech and compare figures,” said Spiers.

Staff has stated it will review Spiers’ concerns and any required changes to the report will be made.

Public input on the 2012 annual report will be received June 24 at city hall at 5 p.m.

Copies of the report can be found at www.vernon.ca