No residential tax hike for 4 years, vows Haywood

Dave Haywood is well-known to many North Cowichan voters.

He’s fighting his seventh election campaign because, as he puts it himself, "I’ve still got some gas in the tank."

His campaign is straightforward. "I’m distraught over what I’ve watched occur going back over the last 12 years. There’s only one issue in this election: skyrocketing tax increases that have been inflicted on residential property," he said.

Haywood wants to put his previous experience to use in helping solve that problem.

"We have to stop the excessive spending on a lot of things in North Cowichan. I know there is room for economies. From the 10 years I myself spent on council, I know we can do better in slowing down and cutting back on certain expenses.

"All of it’s money being well spent, but it’s too much, too fast," he said.

"People I’ve been talking to on the doorsteps have been in tears, telling me, ‘I never knew that residential taxes could go so high so fast.’ I know exactly what they are talking about," he said.

Haywood is advocating that there be no residential tax increase for the next four years.

"Can that happen? Yes it can," Haywood said.

"This is possible and can be done, maintaining all reasonable municipal services, without employee layoffs of any staff.

"Any employee downsizing would only occur from retirements and other terminations, and there would be less contractor work, with a more frugal approach to future wage and salary increases, not now covered under a negotiated collective agreement," he said. Of course, Haywood said, the ideal situation would be to have no tax class looking at increases.

"But, the increase in the other classes have been nowhere near what the residential has been."

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

Mary Lowther column: The beauty of Lady Godivas from the garden

So THAT’S where my Lady Godiva pumpkins went!

Duncan’s Overdose Prevention Site to move this fall to new Wellness Centre

OPS will be part of new Wellness and Recovery Centre on York Road

Cowichan Music Festival stars denied chance at provincials due to COVID-19 cancellation

“We were grateful that we were able to hold the Cowichan Music Festival”

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate facing penalty; details of Quarantine Act still being worked out

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Saanich mayor receives his foster bees through pollinator rental program

‘I feel like I’m an adoptive father,’ Fred Haynes says of his rented mason bee colony

Nanaimo’s Harmac mill works to fill doubled pulp order for medical masks and gowns

Mill’s president says extra cleaning in place and workers are social distancing

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Most Read