City not frugal

Vernon needs to save taxpayers money, not spend it

Re: City Pumps More Money Into Fire Trucks, May 27, The Morning Star.

I must have been seeing things — $360,000 for a water tender truck. If the city has water trucks, and I can think of four other water trucks in the Vernon area, why are these, the city trucks, not being used as tenders when the need so arises and why are other local water tankers not being hired?

The city needs to save the taxpayer money, not spend it. Vernon city council is not and has not being doing its homework. Paying $360,000 is absurd. I totally disagree with Coun. Jack Gilroy’s statement that every six months the prices go crazy.

Prices don’t go crazy. The city is not being frugal.

Frugality is the quality of being frugal, sparing, thrifty, prudent or economical in the use of consumable resources such as food, time or money, avoiding waste, lavishness or extravagance. In some contexts, it may also be the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal.

Common strategies of frugality include the reduction of waste, curbing costly habits, suppressing instant gratification by means of fiscal self-restraint, seeking efficiency, avoiding traps, defying expensive social norms, embracing cost-free options, using barter, and staying well informed about local circumstances and both market and product/service realities. Frugal living is practised by those who aim to cut expenses, have more money, and get the most they possibly can from their money.

I ask, where is this money coming from?

I went on the computer and I found a few trucks and they are here in Canada. Does the city really need a new truck?

I would say, no, a used truck would work.

You can get a lot better deal if you shop around and obviously the city is not shopping.


George Serhan