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Is the UBCM conference worth it for taxpayers?

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The cost of recycling will be a hot topic when the Union of BC Municipalities conference kicks off Monday but, is the conference itself worth it to taxpayers?

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) says it’s a whole lot of talk but not much action.

There are over 150 resolutions to discuss on their to-do list from limiting speed limits to bigger ones like banning genetically engineered foods.

But, is the discussion worth the cost?

Jordan Bateman with the CTF doubts it’s worth the time, effort and money.

“I do think the UBCM squanders a lot of its opportunity. It has just become a circus where all they try to do is get more money out of Victoria and Ottawa but don’t try to look internally for any savings.”

Bateman says the focus of the conference itself, needs to change.

“What do they want from Victoria? More ways to get into our pocket. They don’t really talk very much about efficiencies. What are these communities doing individually to save money? What best practices can they learn from each other?”

Bateman says they should quit trying to solve each other’s problems and focus more on controlling spending.

The conference runs for a week, wrapping up on Friday.