Newcomer questions North Cowichan taxes

Duncan – I am new to the Cowichan Valley having moved here only a little over a year ago. I have listened to peoples’ opinions about the upcoming election. It makes me wonder how satisfied people are with their local representation when they talk about an election so far in advance, especially when voter turnout is a major issue.

I was reading John Scull’s letter, “Group of candidates seems pretty political”. I have to wonder why he comments only about the wealthy landowners that don’t want to pay more taxes. The people that I know are not rich and they don’t want to pay more taxes either. Most people that I talk to seem to feel that the residents of North Cowichan are paying too high a property tax and that there needs to be a tax freeze for a few years. I must say that I agree as the property tax that I now pay is double that of what I paid in Alberta, and guess what, I am not getting any more bang for my buck.

As a newcomer I have a few concerns. Why is the current council proposing to build a police station on a slough? As a homeowner it would be difficult to get a building permit to build on a slough. Do we really need any more traffic circles? I have to question if traffic circles need to go on a wish list until the finances are available without tax increases. A 100 per cent tax increase in 10 years! My wages only went up 10 per cent in the last 10 years.

One thing is for certain and that is that things never stay the same for long. Maybe this election is the beginning of change in the Cowichan Valley.

John Magdanz

Duncan