Sponsors: City of Dawson Creek
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership
WHEREAS PRIME costs were introduced as a "no cost to municipalities" program which has since evolved to include a fee to local governments of $1,000.00 per RCMP member, absent any meaningful consultation:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province to expand the PRIME-BC Board of Directors by adding a minimum of two local government representatives, one each to be appointed by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Government Finance Officers Association of BC in an effort to balance the representation on the Board with the stakeholders responsible for paying the costs of the system.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting two local government representatives be appointed to the PRIME BC Board of Directors: one from UBCM and the other from the GFOA. However, the Resolutions Committee is aware that the Province has established a committee to look at finance issues related to PRIME, and this committee includes local government staff representatives.
Members endorsed a related resolution, 2008-B3, which called on the Province to provide additional support resources to police forces in BC for the operation of the PRIME system. In its response to the resolution, the Province cited its past financial contributions to PRIME: $40-million for infrastructure; the majority of the implementation costs; and one year’s operating costs.
To date, UBCM has written two letters to Solicitor General Kash Heed outlining local government concerns about the levy increase and the lack of accountability in the process. UBCM requested postponement of the levy increase for a year; access to PRIME financial information in order to assess the necessity of the cost increase; and local government representation on the PRIME-BC board. UBCM Executive members also met with the Solicitor General to discuss the levy increase for PRIME-BC and to outline local government concerns.
Actions: UBCM Convention - No Action Required