During the city budget process the mayor and council voted to approve the purchase of a water truck for the Okanagan Landing Fire Hall for $270,000.
This was in addition to the general budget. The water truck being replaced is a 1975 IHC with probably no miles on it.
My first thought was, why are we buying a new water truck as opposed to a newer used one for say, $75,000 to $100,000. Now the price of this water truck has suddenly risen to $360,000.
New vehicles of any size have decreased in price due to a stronger Canadian dollar or competition in the economy today. Was a used alternative explored at all?
Councilor Jack Gilroy says we need to review the time frame when making purchases because in six short months the prices go crazy. If anyone can tell me what has gone crazy in the past six months to generate a $90,000 increase on a piece of equipment, please explain.
I say, cancel the deal altogether and find a used alternative at a price that we the taxpayers can swallow during a time when all of us in the private sector are having to suck it up. Give yourselves all a reality check and quit spending our money in such a reckless manner.