It may be too late, but Vernon is most likely on its way to becoming the next ghost town in B.C.
A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed. The term can sometimes refer to cities, towns, and neighborhoods which are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. For example, those affected by high levels of unemployment.
Factors leading to abandonment of towns include depleted natural resources, economic activity shifting elsewhere, railroads and roads bypassing or no longer accessing the town.
Recent news story after news story tell the same bleak story of Vernon city hall being out of control in its spending.
The economic climate of Vernon can not sustain Vernon because there is little to no tax base in Vernon.
The core services review only confirms what was already known. But I believe the core services review is flawed and has failed Vernon residents.
The core services review has set out a number of different steps that can or need to be followed.
One of these steps is amalgamate Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C into a single entity.
As part of a recent city core review, consultant KPMG indicated amalgamation would generate efficiencies and reduce costs. Vernon council decided not to take action on that recommendation.
But there is a very dark Side to amalgamating.
What has happened in the Okanagan Landing is a great example of this.
If amalgamation were to happen, you have to remember Coldstream and Areas B and C would be forced to adhere to all Vernon bylaws and answer to Vernon city hall.
Do you really want that?
The petition that is being circulated asking local and provincial authorities to develop a plan to combine Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C is flawed.
This petition fails to inform those affected of the pros and cons of amalgamation.
Hey, what is with this name Greater Vernon? No wonder the mail gets lost.