I think it is high time that this city SERIOUSLY re-examine the 6 individuals that are literally controlling the interests of this city…you need to look no further than this weeks council session to understand the severity of what a crap job some of these individuals are doing.
Out of 6 councilors, only 1 came to that meeting prepared to offer up IDEAS about what the city could do to try and prevent a large tax increase (lets not even talk about the mill rate at this point). We have seen our taxes go up steadily year after year, watching our city move to the top of the list as the most taxed city in BC…you would think City Council would be doing everything in their power to find savings, to find cuts that can be made internally, to at least exhaust every avenue to lessen the blow to this city’s homeowners. Instead, they came absolutely unprepared, unmotivated, almost coming off as uncaring…and that is unacceptable!
This council has just let CityWest “glide on by”…no one has called into question WHY this company has not paid their dividends to the city, or how this company has continued to get away with not repaying their debts to us taxpayers with absolutely ZERO repercussions for it. It’s like this council is willing to just give them a free pass, week after week, month after month, year after year…and then turn the same cheek and say we have no money, we are broke, lets hit the taxpayer ATM again (as quoted from here —> northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/201 … t-for.html ).
What was even more appalling about this city council is that even when offered a great new opportunity to generate new tax revenue for the city with the Drydock Proposal, rather than supporting this endeavour and writing a letter of support, they “table” that discussion so they can contact the other shipyard first to make sure their feelings will not be hurt…ridiculous…first they bitch and complain about having no money and then in the next breath, they TABLE a motion to support a new tax generating opportunity for the city.
All I know is I will only be voting for Barry Cunningham and Anna Ashley at the next election…the other 4 need to be shown the door, especially Joy Thorkelson…who seemingly tries to railroad almost everything that comes before council, unless of course it supports the fishing industry or her union friends.
I also want to specifically say THANK YOU to Anna Ashley for at least attempting to do the job she was elected to do and for at least recognizing that perhaps council should FINALLY be seriously taking a look at the actions of CityWest. Thank you Anna for looking out for all PR homeowners and doing everything you can to try and prevent these ridiculous tax increases.