Panel needs local gov’t representation: letter

City council is joining the other local governments in the province when it comes to asking for local government representation.

Williams Lake city council is joining other local governments in the province when it comes to asking for local government representation on the provincial government’s expert panel reviewing municipal business taxation.

The city received a letter from the mayor of Coquitlam asking that it endorse the request.

On Jan. 10 finance minister Kevin Falcon appointed the expert panel’s members to the expert panel.

In a report to council, chief administrative officer Brian Carruthers said the panel is comprised of individuals with a range of backgrounds in business and academics.

“There are no local government representatives appointed to the panel. The Union of BC Municipalities has requested an opportunity to make a presentation to the expert panel and has committed to monitoring the work of the expert panel on behalf of the membership,” Carruthers said, adding that a number of municipalities are adopting a resolution calling for the province to appoint a member of local government to the panel.