Core services review price tag estimated at $100,000

Mission council is making good on an election promise to conduct a review

A request for proposal to find a consultant to conduct the core services review for the District of Mission has been issued.

The closing date is Feb. 22 and the winning contract will review program and service costs, service delivery methods, the number of employees and then compare that information with other communities.

This will be done “while keeping in mind that no two communities are alike,” said finance director Ken Bjorgaard Monday evening during council.

There are certain limitations to the review, such as the RCMP, library, regional water and sewer services and fee for services, since these are delivered by third party organizations.

“Having asked for this as long as the spring of 2010 I couldn’t be happier to see it finally happening,” said Coun. Jenny Stevens.

“I feel like we’ve been looking through a stained glass window trying to find detail and this is going to help us open up the window and see into the organization,” said Coun. Dave Hensman.

A $100,000 budget for the review has been approved, with $75,000 coming from council’s 2012 contingency account and the balance from the financial stabilization reserve fund, should it be required.

The finance department expects a March 13 start, running approximately three months before the final report comes back June 13.

Mayor Ted Adlem said the review will help craft the 2013 budget.