Vote for fiscal stewards
Oh look Ma; another civic election!
If you’ve noticed all the signs (like who couldn’t) there’s a whole raft of candidates to go with it from the mayor’s chair on down to city councillors and school board trustees.
So who to vote for? Geez who to vote for?
Well, I know who I’m not voting for. None of the incumbents, that’s for sure, or the mayoralty candidates who sat on council.
What we need is a fresh new look at City Hall with fiscally responsible people who don’t regard the Red Deer taxpayers as bottomless pit of revenue every time some special interest group gets a notion that the taxpayers should finance their pet projects. You all probably have your own pet peeves on the subject but mine are bike lanes on city streets, rising taxes and increased city utility costs.
Incorporating bicycle traffic with motorized vehicle traffic on busy city streets is just plain stupid and dangerous. No one uses them and 80 per cent of the city residents polled oppose them. Get rid of them. Enough said on that subject.
Property taxes are calculated on an assessment system that’s based on the market value of property. Market values dropped approximately 20 to 25 per cent from 2008 to 2011 and they didn’t go up at all in 2012 and very little this year. But yet we didn’t see any reduction in property taxes. Instead we were handed five to seven per cent increases for those years.
So it appears even with faltering market values it didn’t correlate into lower taxes! Hmmmm interesting!! Either the assessment system is whacked or something stinks at City Hall.
You’d think with all the new building going on and the expansion of the city through annexation, the increase in the city’s tax base would be enough to curb any need to continually raise taxes. But nope! All we’ve gotten from our recent city councils is constant tax increases.
And then we got the city water, sewer and garbage bills. They have doubled in the last seven years.
It seems since we’ve started providing water to other communities like Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka, etc., our water and sewer bills have doubled and so have our garbage pickup bills. Who knows?
Maybe they need more money to pay for that expensive new city yard they built. And yet they still haven’t sold the old contaminated city yards by the Taylor Bridge.
So I’m voting for the candidates who project innovative ideas on how to lower property taxes, reduce the utility burden on home owners and businesses, and get rid of the bike lanes on city streets. Not for those who are constantly increasing our taxes and utility burden. How about you?