Letters to the Editor

Cuts come first in Alberni

To the Editor,

Re: City hall playing homeowners for tax hike, Letters, Dec. 5.

A big “Well said” to letter writer Peter Finch. I’m wondering why, despite Port Alberni comprising a slow-growth jurisdiction in a no-real-growth ‘new normal’ economy, our taxes keep rising.

Shouldn’t city council instead be looking at ways to cut services, staffing, pensions and benefits, to reflect this?

Not to mention the city’s enormous fleet of vehicles, doing all kinds of wonderful, essential services like grading already fine back alleys, cutting residents’ hedges, re-surfacing perfectly good playgrounds, and installing more unnecessary benches.

Instead of trying to shift the tax burden from their paymaster Catalyst, perhaps council should try to remember that we don’t live in the 1970s anymore and that a tax reduction is in order to reflect economic reality.

Where are the cost-reducing efforts?

I look forward to seeing a slate of candidates prepared to go to bat for tax cuts this time.

Chris Fulker,

Port Alberni

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