The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the City of Fort St. John over spent in 2008.
According to the federation, the City of Fort St. John from 2000 to 2008 (2008 is the most current data available) had an operating spending growth of 1.87 times greater than population and inflation growth.
The federation believes the City spent more than $4.7 million than they should have in 2008. If that spending had been eliminated, the average family of four would have saved $1,008.
The City of Dawson Creek had a rate 3.85 times greater than population and inflation growth between 2000 and 2008. The federation believes Dawson Creek could have spent $8.6 million less than it did in 2008. That would have saved the average family of four more than $3,000.
"Many municipal politicians perpetuate the myth that they are hard done by when it comes to revenues; the reality is that they are addicted to overspending. It’s grossly unfair to taxpayers who suffer tax and fee increases that outstrip their pay increases," said Laura Jones, CFIB’s Vice President for Western Canada.
Among BC’s largest municipalities (population over 25,000) the worst offender is Prince George, where operating spending growth was 3.87 times greater than population and inflation growth.
Some municipalities have stated the increases are being used to provide services that are no longer funded by the federal and provincial governments.
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The CFIB is a lobby group representing over 107,000 small business owners in Canada.