Vote ‘no’ and make your own donation

Vote ‘no’ and make your own donation

Dear editor,

As a homeowner who will be asked to support a proposal to give $6-$10 a year extra on my taxes to “resolve” the issue of homelessness on Nov. 28 I will be voting NO.

I hope Courtenay’s homeowners will turn this proposal down.  The money generated by this addition to our taxes would probably fund salary and costs to administer this initiative with very little actually going into providing a roof much less food for the homeless. Accounting time to administer the money, meetings to determine who and how much would be allocated would adsorb much of the fund. There are many societies and organizations that are established to help homeless people, and I am sure if each of us were to give the Salvation Army an extra six dollars the money would have a more direct route to those that need help, or for that matter we can give to Habitat, Aides, the Food Bank, etc.  All are actively doing good work.

Homelessness is a sad but real part of life in every city in the world.

The group called “Coalition to End Homelessness” may be a very dedicated group but sadly ending homelessness is not something that will ever be achieved.

Their plea for support for this increase in our taxes is just a way to open a door.  Once we vote yes on this initiative there is no going back, we will only be looking at the tax increasing with very little chance of the homeless issue ever being resolved.  The approximate budget the tax would generate has been suggested to be $180,000.  That is not enough to provide a few beds in a new safe place, much less a home!

Think about this issue and do two things.  Vote No on Nov. 28 and give a donation to the existing charity of your choice.  It will be well spent.

Karen Whitworth

Courtenay

Just Posted

Courtenay Elementary students lobby Town of Comox to clean up ocean plastic

Some Vancouver Island students are not just learning about the problem of… Continue reading

Relay For Life unites community

As of Monday, participating teams in Relay For Life Comox Valley had… Continue reading

DJ Shub headlines Cumberland’s Party in the Park

On the weekend of National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the summer solstice… Continue reading

Asian business owners adapt to life in the Valley

Government program helps labour market

Relay For Life unites community

As of Monday, participating teams in Relay For Life Comox Valley had… Continue reading

Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Oil and gas sector cautious as deadline on Trans Mountain decision nears

Trudeau government expected to announce whether it will approve pipeline for second time on Tuesday

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

BC Ferries adds extra and late night summer sailings

Seasonal adjustments to sailing times also in effect on many routes

Man suffers burns, dog dies in fire in Nanaimo

Structure burns down on Clifford Road property in Cedar

Province comes through with funding for Charleigh Fales

Lake Cowichan toddler only one in B.C. diagnosed with CLN2 Batten disease

People throwing food at a bear in Fernie alarms conservation groups

“Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation,” says conservation group

Feds announce $50M strategy to fight dementia

Emphasis is on prevention and and supporting caregivers

Most Read