SURREY AND ITS RESIDENTS ARE HURTING: COUNCILLOR LINDA ANNIS
Surrey: Councillor Linda Annis says Surrey and its taxpayers cannot afford the proposed $129 million transition to a local police department during the COVID-19 crisis.
“How can the mayor and council look taxpayers in the eye when people are losing their jobs and having difficulty making ends meet? It’s cruel and unconscionable to be spending any time or money on anything other than the health and safety of our residents,” said Annis.
“We need to shelve the proposed Surrey Police Department proposal at least until Surrey and its taxpayers are back on their feet. Spending time and money we don’t have on this proposal would be outrageous in the face of what our city and our citizens are facing right now.”
Annis has been critical of the proposed move to a local police department because of its lack of transparency and the fact that every available dollar at city hall has been siphoned into the proposed transition.
“I think it’s important that our mayor and Minister Mike Farnworth put this proposal on hold immediately, and that we focus on the current crisis and rebuilding our economy when it’s over,” Annis added. “Our city’s health and safety first responders are doing an incredible job alongside the dedicated team at Surrey Memorial Hospital. That’s where our focus should be right now. Our city has laid off employees and tens of thousands of Surrey residents are struggling trying to figure out how to pay their mortgages. Revenues at city hall have plummeted and there’s a new reality staring us in the face. We cannot afford to put any more time or taxpayer resources into a costly police transition proposal.”