Affordable housing tax desperately needed

Seattle has had a local housing tax as part of its municipal taxes for 30 years

Affordable housing tax desperately needed

The CVRD’s proposed new tax to help with the affordable housing crisis is absolutely needed.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to own a home need, please, to open our hearts and understand the struggles that so many people are having. People who have been forced to give up on any hope of ever owning a home are now faced with rapidly rising rents, or simply can’t find a place to rent of any kind.

A friend who moved to Duncan from Vancouver recently is paying $2,500 a month. Seattle has had a local housing tax as part of its municipal taxes for 30 years, and it has built 12,500 units of below-market affordable housing. So please, we need some compassion and intelligence. There’s a massive housing crisis happening out there, and this tax will help build homes for people who desperately need them.

Guy Dauncey

Ladysmith

Just Posted

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Drivesmart column: No playing in the street!

The residential street we lived on was treated as an extension of the front yard

Jitney tradition marks Canada Day

About half CLBC’s membership takes part

Robert Barron column: Being a reporter sometimes pays off

About 15 years ago, I was randomly picked for jury duty in Nanaimo.

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Cowichan Coffee Time: Mounties partner with CTRA, plus bursaries

• Cowichan Spirit of Women has accomplished a lot in the Valley… Continue reading

Coming up in Cowichan: Boots full of treasure, Dementia workshop, MP’s town hall meeting

Celebrating five years at the Station with ‘Loot in the Boot’ Cowichan… Continue reading

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read