Amalgamation: Duncan dodges a bullet

The bills have been rising faster in North Cowichan

Amalgamation: Duncan dodges a bullet

Duncanites should rejoice in vetoing the amalgamation with North Cowichan. Recent statistics published by the B.C. government indicates that North Cowichan tax and spending is rising faster than Duncan’s.

Per capita taxation (total taxes billed by each town divided by the population) shows that North Cowichan billed $940 compared to Duncan at $818. That is a difference of 15 per cent. The bills have been rising faster in North Cowichan, which at one time actually had lower per capita spending than Duncan. North Cowichan has a spending problem that is getting worse. Duncanites can do even better if they figure out how to rein in the spending allocations from the CVRD to the Duncan residents.

Don Swiatlowski

North Cowichan

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