Since moving into my home in Vancouver 20 years ago, my property taxes have gone up 300 per cent, vastly outstripping any increase in my income and capacity to pay. Over the past three years alone, we have seen annual increases of five per cent and are now told of an upcoming 2019 municipal budget demanding another 6.3 per cent increase, including utility fees. In addition, the NDP’s new school tax surcharge will add an average of 35 per cent to the property taxes of more than 20,000 British Columbians, before any of the increases extracted by local government.
Most citizens are OK with paying their fair share, but these outrageous, punitive and completely unsustainable demands for more and more money just cannot continue. There is no more money. We’ve had enough. Stop.
Stephen Wiseman, Vancouver
Lobby your city hall to tighten it's belt. In Vancouver, a communications department with 40 full-time employees is too fat by far. A disproportionate amount of money has been spent on bike lanes and Mobi. This includes the wasteful practice of giving priority to brining and/or clearing snow from bike lanes. There is nothing 'green' about these practices. It has all been a 'snow job'. The Metro budget also needs to be cut. No more subsidized meals and don't even think about retiring pensions! New developments have to pay for the increased infrastructure needed down the road from the increased demand. Every decision made by council in the past 10 years needs to be examined and evaluated truthfully.
Potato Head -
The increase is because it is based on assessed value and not on any practical formula.
penny paul -
The fact is that the government is out of control with spending and it is unsustainable. Much of their spending is wasteful. I feel more and more like I am living in a socialist state.
Readers might want to check out this site to compare property taxes across the province. Vancouver doesn't look so bad when you compare it to other areas. Use it to compare a $1 million property in Vancouver to a similarly priced home in, for example, Powell River.