As I see it, we (the Town of Gibsons) have a major problem in that we have a very small tax base with both Area E and Area F voting not to help. This leaves us with the highest taxes on the Coast.
We have been paying for our infrastructures with the help of federal and provincial grants, which apparently will not be available in the future. I do not want the replacement money coming from increased property taxes, and I would think other homeowners and business people would think likewise.
So I see The George Hotel as our salvation. A million dollars per year will have a major positive impact on our budget.
We live in the Landing and for 26 years have watched the business slowly move up the hill, with the Bank of Montreal moving this year.
We have a direct view of the property and it is hard to understand how people can get so uptight over the loss of some ambiance when the business part and Mollyís Lane will not change except they will be thriving instead of dying.
So my bottom line is I donít want my property tax to increase from $4,000 to $4,500 or $5,000. At the same time the Landing business is dying. Bless The George.
Bob Urquhart, Gibsons