This is how we collect our money?

Municipal efforts could be better used

On Friday, Feb. 25 in my mail was a letter from the Town of Qualicum Beach containing a bill for 17 cents with a futile explanation that this amount includes alleged unpaid water and sewer bills of 2010. In addition, I was informed that any amount still not paid by March 25, would be transferred to “Arrears Tax” as from Jan. 1, 2011 and interest at 6 per cent would be charged daily.

Because of this alleged offense, I went directly to the bank to change a Loonie into quarters and cents, and then went to the town office where I arranged the 17 cents on the front desk. The woman there gave me a receipt but did not appear to be concerned when I pointed out that the postage meter imprint showed mailing charge of 59 cents.  

Thus it cost us, the taxpayers, 59 cents to recover 17 cents.

I asked to see the treasurer but was told he was unavailable as he was in a meeting — a convenient excuse.

I suggest that the mayor spend less time posing for photographs for the press and devote some of it to check on the treasurer’s department.

F.H. Seymour

Qualicum Beach

 

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