No one could ever complain about our View Royal fire department or the services provided. At present every property pays an equal share and receives identical attention as required.
Council’s proposal to borrow over $8 million for a new firehall to be repaid by a few thousand property owners is far too extravagant. Since the current costs of fire protection are paid at a flat rate, why has the town devised this unequal Byzantine loan repayment plan, based on individual property values?
Some owners of homes have lived there for decades, long before the values rose to current levels. Homeowners with children have concerns with their mortgage payments while retired folk observe their pension income disintegrating or vanishing. The proposed inequitable charge for an equal service is unfair both to the taxpayer and a fine fire department.