Re: Alternative approval process (AAP)
The AAP is not an approval process. It is a fiddle that allows local governments to increase taxes for major expenditures. It stinks, based on the premise, “This is not a hot issue, no one will notice if we slip this expense by the public”.
A more appropriate name is the “stop us if you can” process.
Yes, AAP saves a referendum, but referendum costs are outrageous, due to the high costs of doing anything in the public sector.
Example: $15,000 for a referendum on Thetis Island?
Why not save up proposals in excess of say $100,000 for an annual referendum, timed for elections when possible?