Victoria motion proposing compensation for those affected by street disorder narrowly fails

Victoria motion proposing compensation for those affected by street disorder narrowly fails
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A Victoria council member motion proposing launching a report into compensation for people affected by street disorder failed in a 4-5 vote on Thursday.

Coun. Stephen Hammond put the motion forward, saying taxpayers were growing frustrated by growing property taxes, but also growing costs associated with street disorder and crime, and providing compensation could mitigate that.

“This idea of finding some way to compensate people for the disruption, fear and the expense of keeping safe came to me when I read more than one email, as people were explaining this is tax time and yet they felt they weren’t getting the quality of life or business that they were paying for,” Hammond said.

Hammond noted the city had previously done something similar, allocating money for businesses whose windows were broken, which the province has since taken on.

After Hammond’s opening remarks, Coun. Jeremy Caradonna requested the meeting be moved in to a closed meeting to receive legal advice.

When council returned from receiving legal advice, he called the question on the motion without further discussion.

The issue was then defeated 4-5 with Couns. Hammond, Marg Gardiner, Chris Coleman and Mayor Marianne Alto voting in favour, and Couns. Caradonna, Krista Loughton, Matt Dell, Dave Thompson and Susan Kim voting against.

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