I am voting YES on the ballot for amalgamation. There are opportunities for increased efficiency and streamlined communication between jurisdictions. One example of increased efficiency is between first responders in Saanich and Victoria. Amalgamation will allow emergency service to more fluid and effective. I understand that the municipalities are unique, but there is a lot to be gained by becoming 1 holistic community.
This is not a referendum. Victoria and Saanich will not automatically be one city following the vote on Oct 20th. The question on the ballot is merely to consider using resources to begin the conversation of exploring amalgamation.
Here is the exact wording that will appear on the ballot:
“Are you in favour of spending up to $250,000 for establishing a Citizens’ Assembly to explore the costs,benefits and disadvantages of the amalgamation between the District of Saanich and the City of Victoria?”