The worldwide pandemic crisis has seen many workers laid off and many businesses no longer doing business. These perilous times strongly call for prudence in financial management and extra concern for the taxpayers. However, the SCRD directors (other than Toth and McLean) have, according to former mayor Henderson, approved record increases in spending and residential taxes, a record number of employees being hired and a record number of capital projects being contemplated.
While we would not label the directors gormless throttlebottoms (although on this issue some may think contrariwise) in our view, these significant increases demonstrate a lack of judgment and consideration for seniors on fixed incomes, laid-off workers and taxpayers generally. The mentality of approving, not only necessary needs and a few from the desirable list, and of sizable tax increases each year, may be beloved by empire builders, but not by many taxpayers.
This mentality has to change.
In present conditions, the directors should immediately reconsider this matter and promptly prepare a new budget that is in keeping with the current emergency circumstances.
George and Terry Goulet, Sechelt