Kelowna doesn’t need a car­bon tax

The Daily Courier - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor: I read with dis­gust that Kelowna City Hall is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a gas tax and other taxes to ad­dress the is­sue of car­bon emis­sions and the need to sup­port pub­lic trans­porta­tion (Courier, Nov. 27).

I do sup­port the need to re­duce our car­bon foot­print, but we must do that in a way that does not im­pact our se­niors and low-in­come fam­i­lies. Our pock­ets are only so deep.

My wife and I left the Lower Main­land two years ago be­cause we were be­ing taxed to death: car­bon tax on our gas, home heat­ing and elec­tric­ity; bridge tolls (now po­ten­tially a mileage tax); high prop­erty tax; daily park­ing at $30 a day and more.

Th­ese in­creased taxes had lit­tle to no im­pact on traf­fic con­ges­tion nor did it re­sult in more pub­lic trans­porta­tion in the ar­eas that most needed it; ex­cept along the SkyTrain routes. Any­one that did not have ac­cess to the SkyTrain or the limited num­ber of BC Tran­sit bus routes was forced to drive. Without any other op­tion but to drive, it cost our fam­ily thou­sands of dol­lars a year in di­rect and in­di­rect taxes.

Kelowna needs to find a bet­ter way to ad­dress our car­bon foot­print, just don’t tax us to death. Think about all of those se­niors and oth­ers that need to drive to get to work, go to the doc­tor, at­tend school, and do not have ac­cess to ex­ist­ing pub­lic trans­porta­tion. In­crease trans­porta­tion op­tions not our taxes. Roger Pow­ley


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