Tax increases, priority setting top Siebring’s list in North Cowichan council campaign

Al Siebring announced Sept. 17 that he will be seeking a third term on North Cowichan council.

"This past term has been very frustrating for me personally and I seriously thought about not doing it but, equally, I have a certain skill set and I can use it to make the community better so let’s go for it," he said.

Siebring is again drawing a line in the sand to delineate the focus of his campaign.

He intends, if re-elected, to present two motions to council within 90 days of the election.

These will ask council to establish a firm limit on residential property tax increases so they will not exceed the rate of inflation for the Cowichan region and also that councillors set priorities, on a sliding scale, as to which services or expenditures are really essential and which might reasonably be cut or eliminated.

Putting up such a platform is standard election procedure for Siebring.

In 2008 he called for a second look at the alternative approval process. In 2011, it was a motion to look at amalgamation with Duncan.

"That initially failed but we managed to work that thing through to the point now that both communities will hopefully be asking a question. I feel pretty good about that one," he said.

Taxes are a key issue for the veteran councillor, who points to "the egregious shift of taxes away from the industrial base and onto the backs of homeowners" and "pet projects like the half-per cent ‘Climate Action Plan Surtax’" as issues he’s fought.

"The total amount of money that North Cowichan collects and spends has increased by 10 per cent per year for the past 10 years… this is simply not sustainable."

But even with that, he wants to remain his own man on council.

"I don’t want the endorsement of folks like the Taxbusters but I’ve always been an independent guy."

Siebring is setting his sights on council, despite people urging him to seek the mayoralty.

"There are a couple of other people running that have that same political mindset as I do so if we all run for mayor, we’ll split the vote and blow each other’s brains out. Somebody’s got to step back and I’m ready to do that."

Just Posted

Two applications for pot shops in Duncan get green light

The Original Farm and Buds and Leaves would be the city’s first marijuana stores

Baker and Barbarians take Paris World Games by storm

Duncan rugby player helps Canadian side to gold

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan council to grill Catalyst July 23 on ‘end run’ around weir pumping agreement

Councillors want community out in force at meeting to hear what’s going on with the weir

Valley field hockey players bring home gold from nationals

Cowichan U18s help Island to unprecentend first-place finish

Duncan Grande Parade draws a crowd

Entries old and new enjoyed by a big audience

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Nanaimo-Opoly will let board game players deal Harbour City properties

Victoria’s Outset Media and Walmart Canada partner on local edition of popular game

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Port Hardy RCMP cleared in arrest that left man with broken ribs, punctured lung: IIO

The IIO noted the matter will not be referred to crown counsel for consideration of charges.

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read