Ten municipal politicians have been elected to the legislature and some will be giving up their city hall positions to become MLAs, which will trigger byelections.
Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says communities including Pemberton, Abbotsford and Oliver will have to foot the bill.
"We have a very expensive summer in B.C. for property tax payers," he said. "Maybe there should be a commitment from some of these candidates to defray the costs."
Penticton mayor and now-Liberal MLA Dan Ashton has offered to cover the cost of a byelection up to $35,000.
Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender, who won in Surrey–Fleetwood, is giving up his municipal seat but won't be covering byelection costs.
"I don't think he [Ashton] has done any favours for the rest of us by doing that. People say, 'You should do that same thing,'" Fassbender said.
"The people of my city know I don't do this lightly, I'm not climbing any ladder, I don't need another line on my resume. I did this because I think I can make a positive contribution."
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