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Tough Task to Address Infrastructure Needs
It comes as no surprise road repair was a major topic during budget discussion.
Council will spend $3.5 million on upgrades next year, a far cry from what is necessary to fix Prince George's crumbling roads. Staff has suggested doubling the amount would be enough just to keep pace with the rate of deterioration.
Councillor Lyn Hall says looking at a three-year strategic spending plan might be a better way to attack the daunting problem.
"If you have sustainable funding over a three year budget cycle that will give the operations people I think more stabilty in not just establishing priorities, but knowing they can meet the priorities that they've set out," said Hall.
As for addressing the ever growing list of roads needing urgent re-paving, Hall says it is up to Council to decide how much they want to set aside, keeping tax increases in mind.
The dollar figure estimate for all infrastructure upgrades necessary in Prince George alone is a staggering $300 million.
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