LETTERS: Cynicism rises, too

Letter writers address concerns with civic tax hikes and councils' plans for the future,

Editor:

Re: Uncharted territory for Surrey tax hike, Nov. 13.

Surrey First promised minimal tax increases during the civic election.

After being reelected last year, Coun. Tom Gill – finance chair since 2006 – expressed surprise at the finances, and we were hit with a hefty tax increase.

Now, despite promises from Gill to find other sources to fund added police officers, we are now looking at another hefty tax increase.

A Surrey First-controlled city hall also promised the 2007 road levy would only last for five years, and it now will continue for at least six more. I’m thinking it will be another GST and will always be there.

If we want competent financial managers, please remember Gill’s performance at the next election.

Bernhard Dandyk, Surrey

• • •

I remember how Surrey council increased our property taxes/fees by 10 per cent the week after they were elected. Now they want to further hit us with more increases mere months later? And this is to cover only $100 million for more RCMP?

Yet it seems Mayor Linda Hepner is also looking at an absurdly expensive train-track relocation to satisfy the whiny, elitist two per cent of property owners who knowingly chose to buy their homes near the beaches and the train tracks.

Mayor Hepner, it is time to do your civic duty and represent the majority of Surrey property owners and drop the track-relocation idea.

The property owners who bought along the beach fronts will have to live with their decisions, or move away.

The train tracks have been there for 106 years. The main cargo is coal. Has there been an evacuation due to a derailment? Has there been a fatality due to any hazardous material? There is no evidence to support a relocation.

If Crescent Beach has a safety issue, with its access road shut down by a possible train blockage, I suggest a special tax levy on Crescent Beach property owners alone to fund an underpass beneath the train tracks.

Anthony Rose, Surrey

• • •

Re: Fast-track to oblivion; Expectations of a bumpy ride, Nov. 4 letters.

Thank you for printing the letters from Maureen MacDonald with regard to saving the South Surrey watershed area and letter from Maureen Kerr about the new TransLink disruptions.

Why do those in charge appear to want to disrupt everything possible for those of us who have appreciated this area and its services for so long?

Surely the new residents don’t want to punish us the way city officials and transit planners appear determined to achieve. If these areas need increased development to improve the tax base, how come we still pay property taxes? With all the new industry, residential taxes shouldn’t be required.

Hey, how about a moratorium on new residents as of Dec. 31, 2015? No new residents for a year. Give the city officials time to “get real”.

Gerry Houlden, White Rock

 

 

Just Posted

Rahim Manji owns and operates the Hollywood 3 Cinemas in Newton, along with the Caprice in South Surrey, a theatre in Duncan and another in Pitt Meadows. “I think right now it feels different than last June, it just does,” Manji said. “I’m a lot more optimistic, with more people calling, more people out and getting vaccinated, so I think the comfort level is a lot better.” (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Surrey movie theatre operators reopen and rejoice, even with 50-max capacity

‘We have been one of the hardest-hit industries’

A sign warning of a pack of coyotes hangs near 2660 Croydon Dr. (Aaron Hinks photo)
South Surrey woman sounds alarm after encounter with pack of coyotes

Susan Martin said three full-grown coyotes were lurking around her home

(Delta Police Department photo)
Delta police searching for Surrey woman missing at Centennial Beach

Wenyan Lan, 54, reported missing when she didn’t come home from a crabbing/clam digging trip June 14

Ian MacDonald, spokesman for Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service launches public consultation campaign

This is to help the SPS form its first strategic plan

Outdoor vendors at the Cloverdale Flea Market are seen in this bird’s eye view image from the flea market’s Facebook page.
Cloverdale Flea Market to reopen

Market to open June 20 after being closed since Nov. 2020

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Most Read