Proposed Tax Increase for Residents & Businesses?

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……..

ITS FRIGGING POURING OUT HERE!

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Webpage for Gold River Cat Society

The Gold River Cat Society now has their own webpage!

There is updated information on the website as to what the Society is doing, application forms for adoptions and a photo page on cats who have been adopted and a few that are still living wild, but are being helped by the Society.  For future reference, their webpage will be listed under the Gold River Links section located on the right hand side of the website.

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Ladies Day Starts April 22nd

Let’s kick off the golf season ladies!
First Ladies Day – Tuesday April 22nd
The ladies club have introduced a new time to accommodate all the younger mom’s that have school children.
1st Tee Time 1:00 Pm
2nd Tee Time 5:30 Pm
Please arrive before your tee time, you will all golf at the same time.
For more information, please call the Pro Shop or Barbara Brinkman
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Home for Rent

For Rent

Available July 1st
4 Bedrooms and 1 Storage Room
Living room and Den
2 full Baths, one 1/2 bath
Washer and Dyer, 2 Fridges, Stove
2000 square foot Row House on Chamiss
750$ per month ~ Utilities not included
References and criminal record check required
Please call Rachel Stratton 250-283-9114
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Master’s Tournament Results

Master write up for buzz

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H.B.Energy Looking for Electricians

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H.B. Energy Ltd in Gold River is now accepting applications for Electricians.
Please reply to hbenergy [at] cablerocket [dot] com
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Rod & Gun Open House & Campout!

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Straight Grain / The Stratton Family Open House

open house

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Ladies Golf Meet & Greet

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 Ladies Club Meet and Greet
Tuesday April 15th @ 6:00pm
New golfers welcome!
Come see what we offer for the 2014 Season
Registration for morning and evening golf
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Junior Golf for Ages 8 – 16

Join Junior Golf!

It is open for all kids 8-16 boys and girls.  It will be Monday evenings and  some of the Fridays the kids have off from school.  We would like to start at the end of April if we have enough interest.

To sign up please call:

  • David Lightle- 283-9030
  • Donna Gedlaman- 283-2270
  • Miranda Hutchinson- 283-7336

Note: The Golf Course has some clubs to use for those who don’t have any.

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