Auditor Council Appointment Confirms Independent Leadership

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Victoria, April 25, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce looks forward to strong and independent leadership from the Audit Council of the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) announced today.

“The individuals appointed to the audit council of the AGLG will give it clear leadership, independent of the Provincial Government, to ensure that municipalities across BC are accountable and providing cost effective services,” said John Winter, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “This independence will be critical as selecting the Auditor General will be one of its first responsibilities.”

“On behalf of businesses across the province, the BC Chamber has been a leading voice for this initiative and we would like to applaud the BC Government for its continued dedication to this office.”

The concept for the Auditor General for Local Government in BC was developed by the BC Chamber of Commerce in a 2010 policy paper, which focused on creating equity in the property tax system and bringing transparency to local government.  Chambers of Commerce recognize that many local governments face challenges providing services with limited financial means.  However, in many communities, tax rates are set with little to no involvement by the public and with no effective oversight.

“The Audit Council of the AGLG will ensure that municipal governments are following best practices in the interest of local residents and businesses alike,” continued Winter.  “This will be critical in protecting taxpayer interests, and ensuring that municipal elected officials are held to account in the same way as their Provincial and Federal counterparts.”

The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly based business organization in the province.  Representing over 120 Chambers of Commerce and 32,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”

For more information on this issue please contact;

John Winter
President & CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce
C 604.376.3577
jwinter@bcchamber.org