Taxes ris­ing at un­sus­tain­able rate

Vancouver Sun - - OPINION -

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

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