Have you heard? The CVRD wants to take more of your taxes.
We are now into a process referred to as the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) that will increase our taxes from the CVRD by as much as $50 or more a year. What for? To take on more bureaucracy and trying to run things they should not be involved in.
Watershed management i.e. the Cowichan Lake weir, and flood management belong in the hands of the provincial government. Check out bylaws 3918 and 3930 on the CVRD website. You will see the narrative behind these bylaws and you can print off an elector response form to turn in to the CVRD to voice your opposition.
At the same time check out bylaw 3931 which aims to collect $130,000 for Arts and Culture. More taxes for things we should stay out of.
In the big picture the AAP process is wrong. It is something that is used to fly things under the radar and most residents (the politicians hope) will not have the time to fill out the forms and bring them to the CVRD offices.
I was saddened to learn that our local council has no clue about these things and just like Sunfest is taking no position on the matters. Wake up folks, we are being further taxed to death by elected officials who just don’t care.
Consider the fact that the CVRD board chair at the time asked to have the CVRD take responsibility for these matters and the current chair supports. Funny though, neither will be part of the areas being taxed. We have big problems in all levels of government, let’s put a stop to it. Call me if you want more information. If you want your form delivered to Duncan I can do that too.