Letters: Escalating costs are unrealistic

Sooke's Five year financial plan is not realistic says councillor

There seems to be a misunderstanding in the municipal world that wages should increase every year and taxes should go up two, three or four times the cost of living. All in the name of better service or downtown improvements.

When are the people paying these taxes going to finally hit a breaking point? How low a standard are we willing to have before we say something. I fail to grasp the logic behind the increases as we see the rest of the world collapsing and making changes to cover the cost of rising debt. I’ll bet Greece was like us once upon a time. So remember in five years taxes are projected to increase by 15 per cent just here in Sooke.

Now add this to the rising ferry costs, post office, gasoline, Hydro rates and the millions to subsidize CRD recycling programs etc. Government wants to routinely increase every year so people will budget for it and expect it.

What this does is make efficiencies irrelevant in the work place and the worst kind of inefficiency is the absolute acceptance of these inefficiencies. So, I’m letting you all behind the curtain on this one because no one seems to be complaining out loud. And yes, I will be chastised for all this talk about the public interest because we are told people just don’t understand government… yada yada.

So, excuse me and let me be blunt for a moment. Our sewer operation cost was about $475,000 five years ago and now it is almost $1.2 million. Is it because we get better service? The boat launch was originally to cost $500,000 yet in the end $2.4 million give or take and it still costs 10 bucks to use it.

These were all part of your last few five year plans with minor increases. Just the cost of a cup of coffee per day they said. The district is doing about one–third of the business we did in 2007 yet we have the same staffing numbers.

Remember the efficiencies I mentioned? Council needs to bring in a five-year plan that reflects the realities of the day. Or, as governments become less and less efficient, the more it will cost to live under its umbrella.

Herb Haldane

Sooke

Just Posted

Sooke cannabis report does little to answer production questions

Council is trying to get ahead of the issue

PHOTOS: Thousands raised for cancer at second annual Gala for Hope

Victoria Fire Department’s fundraiser a success ahead of Ride to Conquer Cancer

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Wooldog among mysteries uncovered with powerful UVic microscope

Finding ‘Mutton,’ a dog lost in a Smithsonian drawer for 150 years

Optometrist pedals through depression, leads others for the cause

Ride Don’t Hide bike rides start, end at Windsor Park

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read