Taxpayers on the hook

I think mayor and council should explain to the residents why the costs of the deer cull skyrocketed

What a shock to see the Oak Bay taxpayers are on the hook for close to $23,000 per culled deer.

Obviously that includes CRD funds, but even at $1,500 per deer it is far from what mayor and council proposed when they first announced their intentions to cull 25 deer.

Last autumn when councillor candidates were knocking on my door they said it would cost $500 per deer for 25 ($12,500) on a one-time cull. Seems like they were told what to say. Now the mayor is talking about future culls but will he tell us this time how much we will be paying?

I think mayor and council should explain to the residents why these costs skyrocketed. A lot of the money spent could go to much better use. We deserve an answer.

G.H. Hill

Victoria