Parksville candidate

I have never met Doug O’Brien, but I must commend him for saying, in part: “Regular annual property tax increases are not sustainable.”

Re: ‘Another candidate for Parksville byelection,’ (The NEWS, July 26).

I have never met Doug O’Brien, but I must commend him for a point he made in the article referenced above where he was quoted saying, in part: “Regular annual property tax increases are not sustainable.”

How right he is and it is about time someone spoke up loud and clear on that point.

It sometimes appears that civic management and elected officials at all levels of government think they have a God-given right to increase the tax burden by several percentage points every year, without regard for the taxpayers’ ability to pay.

Most retirees do not have the luxury of indexed, defined benefit pensions plans and our retirement reserves cannot keep up with these kinds of annual increases.

Keep up the good work O’Brien, you have my support.

Cece DawleyParksville