Keep taxes at Lake: Hornbrook

Incumbent Frank Hornbrook is back again in the race for a Lake Cowichan Town council seat.

"My main focus is to have Lake Cowichan tax dollars spent in Lake Cowichan," he said.

Hornbrook is concerned that the residents of his community are being taxed for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.

"And now they want to tax us for the Cowichan Sportsplex. Why would I want to sit here as a citizen and have another municipality tax me for their costs? "The swimming pool? Duncan and North Cowichan voted 51 per cent to build it and now they’re having trouble paying for operating it," he said.

"They’re trying to tell people it’s regional. If you don’t want to pay into it, you will be discriminated against and pay double. It’s the only pool we’ve ever gone to that charged us double because we don’t pay taxes into it," he said.

Hornbrook likened the situation to someone who wished to join a golf club: they pay their dues and play.

"But you know not everyone in Lake Cowichan goes swimming in there. I don’t feel it’s right for our tax dollars to be going there when we can perhaps use them for upgrading some of our own sports facilities.

"Perhaps that’s what we should do: put in a soccer field and then ask them to come and pay for it. You know what would happen. They would laugh us right out of their council chambers, I think," he said.