I just love this phrase.
Vancouver residents cheerfully re-elected their Mayor in last election. Re-election of an incumbent Mayor means, you fully approve of his past actions and commited to his future actions and policies.
So, here we go again. Press the button of property owners and get some more money out of them. While the recession means tightening the budget and cutting expenses, it means a whole different thing for the Vancouver City Council.
We need more police force, while we do not have money at the moment. The city budget is already $52 million in deficit.
As usual, the Vancouver City Council is turning to Vancouver Home Owners to pay for the deficit.
1. Increase Property Tax by 2.5%.
2. Increase Utility Service Fee
3. Increase City Permit Fee
I am totally surprised that Vancouver residents are opposing this tax increase. The world might be in recession but not the Vancouver residents, as per the City Council.
No one opposed the 2 cents/litre tax increase on Gas Prices right before the municipal election. You had the chance to fire your Mayors right then. But since you did not, the Mayor(s), believe that they have the free reign to tax you as much as they wish and you will oblige.
I firmly believe, if any tax increase on consumers happened before an election, in any other city outside of Canada, all the elected officials would have been fired in the next election. As a Voter, we have the power to choose. And collectively we choose our current Mayor and his policies.
So stop complaining and pay your tax!.