LETTERS: Accounting for their decisions

Editor: I am a taxpaying soul of the fiefdom of White Rock.


I am a taxpaying soul of the fiefdom of White Rock.

My lords occupy city hall. My property and income taxes are reasonable with senior citizen benefits. All is well for me.

However, as one previously employed in matters financial, I feel qualified to ask how my – and others’ – tax dollars are spent in my city by those in power.

First, the water system. Now it amounts to tens of millions of dollars in previous acquisition costs, system upgrades and future commitments for studies and construction of poison and chemical-pollution abatements.

By contrast, what would have been the cost for White Rock to hook up to the GVRD water system with only a chlorine additive to effervesce or boil off to make its water potable?

Another current issue is the $12.5 million parkade to be built on the hillside below my residence. Who, in his/her right mind, actually believes that this structure will ever pay for itself – principal and interest over time?

The restaurant trade – or what’s left of it – still suffers from overpriced parking rates.

Enough said. To paraphrase someone, “$10 million here, $10 million there; pretty soon it really adds up.”

Charles Dubois, White Rock

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