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Cumberland defers cash request

 

Cumberland council forwarded a tax deferment application from the Comox Valley Economic Development Society to financial planning discussions.

CVEDS president Murray Presley had appealed to council to consider a tax exemption for the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre that is scheduled to officially open in the spring at the highway interchange. Presley noted  other visitor centres such as those in Parksville and Port Alberni have been granted exemptions.

Resident Joan Anderson is annoyed council is even considering the application.

"Cumberland is struggling to get by," Anderson writes in an e-mail. "If the centre can ask for a tax break I think I will ask for one, too."

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The Village will invite an RCMP member to discuss the fireworks bylaw at a council meeting.

The motion stemmed from a letter from Insp. Tom Gray, who notes four different fireworks bylaws in the Valley "causes public confusion and is a challenge to enforce."

In Comox, for instance, it is an offence to possess or explode fireworks at any time, but in Cumberland it is never an offence and "as a result is unenforceable."

Union Road resident Bruce Bauman feels the village needs a "no-fireworks" law. The dog lover refrains from owning his favourite pet because someone is "constantly exploding fireworks" at the corner of Union and Royston roads, he wrote in a letter to the village.

"This is a place you can't freely light off fireworks," Coun. Gwyn Sproule said at Monday's meeting. "I think our bylaw is fine."

Mayor Leslie Baird concurs, noting fireworks can be purchased with a licence.

 

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