7 10 2011

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.”

-Jean Baptiste Colbert, finance minister to Louis XIV

5 10 2011

28 09 2011

Source: West Vancouver Annual Reports for 2009 and 2010. As of 2008 a major accounting change affected capital expenses, but prior years were not restated. This had the effect of understating the base years (2005-2007) for the Ten Operating Divisions but overstating these years for Total Municipal Expenses. Had prior years been restated total expense increases would have been around 30-35% instead of the 25-45% as calculated from the Annual Report numbers. S&B’s were not affected.

Total Municipal Salaries and Benefits Expenses

5 09 2011

 View this document to see the source data and assumptions – S and B word doc

Divisional Operating Expenses

4 09 2011


15 03 2008


Click the following to see a table of DWV Operating Cost increases – Copy of ITAC8 annual ops exp (3)


The current economic situation explained in a single picture

This financial crisis deepens and this is forcing government agencies to make some tough decisions.
If things continue in the same fashion for much longer, there’s a real risk that they may have to lay off Joe


This graph shows the 2006 expenditures per resident for the 21 Metro-Vancouver municipalities.


GVRD Expenditures

To view this graph…click on it, and a larger image will appear.