New auditor general to look into local governments in B.C.

Chartered accountant Basia Ruta will examine spending.

B.C.’s Premier Christy Clark announced the province’s new auditor general for local governments on Wednesday, who will look into spending at the municipal level.

Chartered accountant Basia Ruta has worked in the federal office of the Auditor General, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and as Environment Canada’s chief financial officer.

“As we work to make life more affordable for B.C. families, we have to keep in mind there is only one taxpayer. At every level of government we need to find new and innovative ways to make sure British Columbians are getting the best value for their money,” Clark said in a release.

The AGLG was suggested to the province by business groups to provide recommendations on how to find efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of operations.

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett said the AGLG will be a boon for the province.

“The AGLG will help local governments identify the most efficient and effective ways to address the priorities that are important to B.C. communities and will bring greater affordability for families.”

“I look forward to seeing the benefits the AGLG will bring to communities throughout the province,” Bennett said

Ruta will assume the position in January, 2013 and will hold the position for five years for a maximum of two terms.

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