Rise up against tax increases

I read as always with trepidation that “due to inflation” the tax rate will increase once again in Qualicum Beach.

Well folks it’s tax increase time again and here we go. I read as always with trepidation that “due to inflation” the tax rate will increase once again in Qualicum Beach. Say, have any of you fellow retirees noted any inflation in your monthly stipend?

As such, I often wonder what a “financial administrator” is administrating as there never appears to be any thought as to how to cut costs or save a few bucks. Now I have in the past mentioned (sometimes appearing as a rant), issues such as purchasing, for $1.5 million, a parking lot (old school bus garage) and then of course adding some ‘beautification,” and lest we forget the construction of the soon to be “award winning” eco-friendly and green fire hall, for all other bureaucracies to admire and emulate.

And further we also have to take into account a ‘white elephant’ that the old hall will become. Oh did I mention the cost of recent additions and upgrades undertaken just prior to its replacement debate?

We need our elected representatives, if they have the courage, to put a stop to excessive salaries and benefits at the union and management level and to cut back on the make-work projects such as roundabouts and, heaven help us, funiculars (while a brain fart in Parksville, someone here in Qualicum Beach might like that idea).

I encourage the reader to rise up and attend upcoming budget deliberations and let their concerns be heard.

If things continue to go up as they always have we will see an exodus from the town of those who find it unaffordable but still very quaint.

Allan ClarkQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Soccer Whalers trip 49ers 1-0 in high school clash

Ballenas now prepares for North Island championships

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Party with extreme views on immigration running on Vancouver Island

Opposing candidate says National Citizens Alliance’s participation ‘highly problematic’

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Most Read