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Letter: Freeze wages or privatize public works

What does not change? Every year, an increase in property taxes

Freeze wages or privatize public works

It does not matter who we elect to our municipal governments. A new council is elected every four years and nothing changes.

What does not change? Every year, an increase in property taxes.

The time has come to elect candidates that use common sense and to put a policy into place where to stop yearly property tax increases.

Option one is freezing all wages for both the management and union employees for a period of three years. At the end of three years, a wage increase could once again be implemented.

Present yearly salary for the mayor of Duncan is $32,595.11 as of 2020.

Present yearly salary for the mayor of North Cowichan is $77,834 as of 2020.

Remember that these jobs are part time only. How may of you work full time, 176 hours per month, and do not come close to $77,834 per year?

Hourly union employees in both Duncan and North Cowichan received two per cent pay increases for the years 2018, 2019, and 2020.

This procedure has to stop. Taxpayers cannot afford these constant pay increases year after year.

Option two is privatizing the public works department just like past provincial governments of B.C. privatized the highways department.

Privitizing public works would eliminate all payroll costs, fuel costs, tire costs, repairs and parts costs, vehicle insurance costs, and elimination of having to buy new equipment to replace depreciated equipment.

Both the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan, would write one cheque per month to the contractor who had the winning bid.

These public works contracts would be for a period of five years.

The City of Duncan public works superintendent and for the Municipality of North Cowichan, would be in charge of all work orders that has to be done by the contractor.

The above would provide zero property tax increases for a period of three years, which all taxpayers would appreciate.

The present policy of increasing property taxes each year, does not make economic sense. Look at the problem, and make logical decisions.

It is very easy for these elected politicians to pass the buck in a property tax increase, but in reality, these elected officials use common sense and make logical decisions when it comes to their personal bank account in regards to their property upkeep and lifestyle of living.

Note how wages are increased every year, but streets that need to be repaved, and painting of crosswalks and curbs are ignored. This causes a safety issue.

Unbelievable!

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan

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