To the Editor,
Sadly, too much of the election focus is centered on tax reduction. I would rather that consideration be given to services that enhance Port Alberni.
I, and I believe many others, do not mind paying taxes for services that benefit our community. For example, beautifying the city, maintaining our roads, sewers and water system, crime prevention, a first class fire department and excellent recreation facilities.
We need a new pool soon, the trail system needs upgrading and our uptown shopping area needs revitalization.
A new crossing of Rogers Creek would be an asset to our city. Many candidates are jumping to a conclusion to not support the crossing without giving adequate thought to the benefits. An improved connection between north and south Port Alberni will reduce response times for emergency services, provide easier access from the north side to West Coast General Hospital, and improve connections to Echo Centre, the Multiplex, North Island College and Alberni District Secondary School.
The quoted $50/year addition to property taxes will be quickly saved by lower gasoline costs for automobile drivers as they move about Port Alberni.
In addition, candidates speak only of visually improving Johnston Road and the uptown area, yet there is no mention of Redford Street. While Redford east of Maebelle Road is in the regional district, the area is not very appealing to a visitor to our Valley. A drive west on Redford from WCGH to Third Avenue also lacks visual appeal with empty lots, empty storefronts, overhead wires and unkempt properties.
I’m looking forward to election day with considerable trepidation.