Re: “Does View Royal need a helping hand to balance taxes?” (May 30)
Perhaps new View Royal residents should check the statistics on Capitol Regional District (CRD) taxes before complaining about having one of the lowest taxes in the CRD.
In 2009 View Royal had the third lowest taxes in the region and if you compare the average 2012 taxes of $4,250 per property in Saanich and the $3,484 per property of View Royal it hardly makes sense that anyone would want View Royal to join Saanich.
It also does not support any of the so-called benefits of amalgamation, with the smaller View Royal paying much less per property than the much larger Saanich.
Perhaps we need to look a little closer at the amalgamation advocates to see just how much they would personally benefit from an amalgamation as it obviously doesn’t benefit the smaller municipalities.
Anyone foolish enough to think their taxes shouldn’t go up every year should talk to the people living in old condos who have kept their condo fees low for decades and then have had to move and lost money because they couldn’t afford the huge assessment when the building needed expensive maintenance and there were no contingency funds available.
Thank you View Royal council for continuing to keep our current taxes low while planning for the future.