Tax increases too taxing

Port Alberni property tax and service tax increases have been huge and there have been no serious attempts to reduce, one reader says

To the Editor,

In recent years, property tax and service tax increases here have been huge and there have been no serious attempts to reduce either. Moreover, civic wages, salaries, and benefits have continued to climb, apparently above recent inflation increases.

There’s no escape from this bad situation except for older city taxpayers who wish to defer property taxes and defer the borrowing costs that come from adding six percent per year to their total tax bill until they die or their houses are sold.

All others are stuck in an untenable position. And nobody at city hall seems to care.

What should be done by city council is to freeze city property taxes for three years. Central to doing this, of course, is a three-year freeze on salary and benefit increases for all city staff and management who are obviously quite well off now (unlike many other citizens in this depressed community).

Can’t be done, you say? Well, Penticton, a city of 33,000 people, has done it. That city reduced property taxes by half a percent in 2011, and froze taxes for both 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately, Penticton is the exception rather than the general rule amongst the high-on-the hog communities in B.C.

The situation must change here and elsewhere and now is the time. Public pressure at budget time would help.

Richard Berg,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Rollin Art Centre open now

Make sure to renew your Community Arts Council membership

BCHL: Bulldogs take the ice after trade deadline

Alberni team picked up one loss, one win with new roster

Alberni’s Warren Lee earns second black belt

Lee is one of four Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belts in Canada

Maa-nulth Nations sign historic agreement with B.C.

Deal puts nations on level playing field with province in post-treaty talks

City of Port Alberni rehires Ken Watson

Former city manager back for short term

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

VIDEO: Storm watching at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Some local surf beaches near Tofino have even beenclosed due the the large swell forecast.

Animal protection group urges B.C. vet association to ban cat declawing

Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to ban declawing

Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Canadian band to get top honours at 2018 JUNO Awards

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

B.C. hockey player nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Myles Powell is a forward at Rochester Institute of Technology

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Most Read