Skakun wants city financial answers
Coun. Brian Skakun wants some answers.
More specifically, he wants city administration to explain, publicly, a handful of expenditures totaling almost $1 million.
In a notice of motion that will come before city council Monday, Skakun says he has for this information from city administration, but without any luck.
“I have asked the city administration to clarify the reasons why we have spent city funds with a number of businesses,” he says in the notice of motion. “The response for my information request was that this extensive amount of work requested is not work required by city council and that I should prepare a notice of motion and bring it to council for support if I feel this is information the team needs for decision making. I do not feel that it is fair that as an elected official I need to provide a notice of motion at a city council meeting any time I want this type of information. I am also asking council to streamline the process so any councillor can access this type of information that in part has already been made public.”
Specifically, Skakun is asking:
• Why Prince George has authorized the expenditures of $29,960.00 to Cressman Sakamoto Agency;
• $32,979.40 to Picketts Consulting;
• $33,341.00 to GAKJRW Inc. and disclose who the principals of the company are;
• $43,883.90 to Anthem Kimco Shopping Center;
• $631,980.31 to L&M Engineering;
• $88,988.58 to BWP Consulting;
• $85,322.33 to Number 188 Holdings and disclose who the principals of the company are.
• That administration provide information to individual city councillors if requested by them to clarify why the city has spent funds from businesses listed in the annual City of Prince George Financial Information Statement of Individual Supplyers
“The reason I am asking for this information is to be able to respond to questions I have received from individuals in the community regarding how and why we spend our tax dollars with a number of businesses,” Skakun said. “I also feel that as an elected official I should be able to access this type of information upon request to help fulfill my oversight obligations I have to the residents of Prince George. “