I am responding to the article published in June 24, 2011’s paper.
The article is Turf to Referendum?
I just want to say up front that I am all for improvements and I understand that taxes are necessary to run our country, province and cities, but enough is enough.
The provincial government increased our home owners grants in a bid to reduce our property taxes … in essence, to help take some of the financial pressure off of the average person, but, the City of Courtenay appeared to have used this to to say” Hey, since the provincial government is increasing your home owners grant, we will increase City taxes, but hey you won’t have an overall increase?!”
What? Sorry, did I miss something?
OK, the property taxes have been steadily climbing since the housing boom and I am reaching my limit. Now I read in your paper, that the CVRD wants to have the City of Courtenay increase our property taxes so that they can fund a field?
Um, I’m broke. If the City agrees to fund this venture, then find another way to come up with the dough (maybe by donation, user fees), because if this continues — increasing property taxes — I will be forced to sell, as I won’t be able to afford them.
I pay $365 a month for the pleasure of living in Courtenay, but I soon may have to relocate.