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How will anti-TransLink vote influence transit referendum?

June 25, 2013 |

A comment on the recent Price Tags article on the upcoming November 2014 TransLink Referendum (TransLink Referendum: Can It win? What do we need to know?) strikes a chord on the instruments of an upcoming transit expansion funding referendum. Commenter “David” … Read More

16th Avenue to be the next corridor to get the highway treatment

December 6, 2012 |

With the South Fraser Perimeter Road (Highway 17) expansion, Port Mann/Highway 1 expansion, Highway 15 expansion, and Highway 10 expansion (which I posted about earlier,) a total of $4.2 billion in road building has been focused around Surrey within the … Read More

City’s Cultural Grants program coming soon

November 8, 2012 |

The City is moving swiftly to initiate its first Cultural Grants program, just months after the Cultural Plan outlined the need for grants to develop the arts sector. The program is expected to offer $75,000 annually to organizations … Read More

Surrey’s Financial Plan – A Brief Overview

September 7, 2012 |

Every year the City of Surrey releases its sliding five-year financial plan which is the end result of the budget process. Back in June, the City posted their plan online and I’ve been reviewing the 334 page document. What … Read More

City refutes budget numbers

June 26, 2012 |

We received a rebuttal from the City’s Manager of Transportation, Jaime Boan, in regards to a post last week on the modal distribution of the Engineering budget. Here’s the response in full:

The first thing to consider is that our 10-Year Plan and Capital Plans indicate works that are both new/improved infrastructure and some maintenance (repaving) but excludes most maintenance costs which are done through our Operations Division. As a result, for the purposes of comparing spending by mode it is best to exclude the maintenance and consider it only new/improved infrastructure.

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Transport alternatives neglected in City budget

June 18, 2012 |

Ever wonder how much the City spends on transportation? While you may assume TransLink pulls the heavy lifting, the City plans to spend just over $700 million over the next decade on transport in Surrey. 94% of that money will … Read More

Tell government your budget priorities

October 5, 2011 |

The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has been touring the province to ask residents about their priorities for the 2012 Budget and is about to make its way to Surrey!

The committee will hold a public meeting … Read More

SCC pushes non-sensical, tax revolt populism

September 14, 2011 |

In an editorial to the Vancouver Sun this week, SCC City Council candidate Stephanie Ryan called for the removal of tolls on bridges in Surrey, among other popular but unrealistic demands.

Capitalizing on the ad hoc approach to transport funding South … Read More