I am an Area E resident who does not use the Cowichan Aquatic Centre (preferring instead to walk, cycle and horse-ride roads and trails that my taxes also maintain), yet will not be objecting to the proposed rate hike which will cost me about $40/year. I reckon this is a small amount to contribute to an amenity that gives the young and old of our community an opportunity for activity which is individually and socially healthy. In short, I’d rather pay for these now than medical and police services later.
Of the letter writer who says, “…users pay…”, I ask, “Where does that begin and end? With schools? Hospitals? Highways?”. Of another who hints at a conspiracy by local politicians which begins with Area E, but will eventually mean a rate hike for all areas, I ask, “Where is your evidence?” I do not intend to object to this proposal.
Area E Resident (Glenora)