Hit with high taxes



Re: “Round 1 SCRD budget talks bring preliminary tax increase to 7.8%,” Jan. 3.

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Well, here we go again. This year’s initial proposed SCRD tax increases are 7.8 per cent overall and 6.7 per cent for the District of Sechelt’s portion. Some taxpayers may consider the increases to be outrageously high, but don’t worry, folks.

We predict that the powers that be will, as usual, reduce in part the substantial increases, perhaps in some cases begrudgingly because of reduced value property assessments. They may perhaps believe that a taxpayer will be grateful for their prudence in reducing the increases, even if modest. If so, the gratitude may be akin to one being thankful that the person hitting them on the head has reduced the number of times he or she is doing so.

Unfortunate that seniors on fixed income have no power to dictate similar percentage increases to their pensions.

George and Terry Goulet, Sechelt

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