Submitted by Lynne Unger
At what point does our Village stop adding more crazy to crazy!
I’ve just been told that our Property taxes for 2014 are being proposed as a 5% increase for business and a 1% increase for property owners. The reason given for this is because the Council gave tax relief to the Golf Course and the Royal Canadian Legion last year.
I want all residents to know the true financial story here in Gold River. If all sources of revenue were to stop, no taxes, no Regional District money, no Federal or Provincial money was to flow into Gold River the Village of Gold River would continue to run with no changes to current services for five years. That’s how much money is in the bank.
When I was on Council I spent a lot of energy talking to Council and Administration about the budgeting philosophy of our Council. The answers I received always seemed to come back to that there should always be a tax increase. The reasons given were “because the people expected it” and was never about a demonstrated need for the money. Often we would be encouraged to argue a case for or against 1% or 2 % but not about what this $8,000 – $16,000 was needed for. We would hear a long description of the various budget pressures (Hydro increases, CUPE contracts) but only when prodding insistently would we hear about the $10 million in surpluses and reserves and the 16 years of surplus budgets adding hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the mountain of money.
We’ve all been witness to the economic burdens being borne by the businesses in the community as they continue to try and stay alive. Each time another business leaves or closes its doors I hope that it will be the last one. And yet instead of giving us some hope our Village Council puts forth a proposal to knock us down again with a tax increase of 5%. I wonder if all the business close their doors if the Village will realize the burden has become too much.
I urge every business owner and resident to speak with your Village Council members and ask them what exactly is the end game? What do you want Gold River to look like moving forward? Do you have a plan? If you are saving the money for a rainy day I say to you as a business owner……..
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