Letters: Live within our means

Financial responsibility should remain the goal of District of Sooke council

Open letter to mayor and council:

I will be unable to attend your meeting on Monday, having planned to attend and speak to financial responsibility.

It has been seven years since my having retired to Sooke, over this period my property taxes have increased six times. During this period, several 100 homes have been built and the population growth had been near 2,000. If bigger growth means better, why is it necessary to increase taxation in the face of such growth and with this as an example when would increases ever end?

Why are the combined efforts of a mayor, council, accountant and staff collectively unable to restrict people to be no more than income.

Every day each of us goes home to where we live within our means, we are all very aware that we must do so. Why, when pooling our efforts and funds as a community, district, does this rule of responsibility and restraint no longer apply? Yes, we the people, would like sidewalks and roundabouts but, may I suggest only as and when we can afford them. To do otherwise is perhaps for some other expediency and is not financially responsible. I would like to pave my driveway and purchase a new vehicle. I cannot and will not do either until I can honestly afford to.

If one objective is to put Sooke on the map, may I suggest that as a district, live within our means would most certainly draw notice and attention, provincially and even nationally.

With sincere appreciation for your efforts on our behalf.

O.B. Whiting

Just Posted

UVic students return from Hong Kong amidst growing tension

All eight University of Victoria exchange students have returned to Canada

ICBC, province urge residents to plan ahead for winter weather

Greater Victoria should gear up and have a plan in place

Sooke mom launches GoFundMe campaign to get medical treatment for son

Single mother has two children facing medical challenges

65-million-year-old triceratops makes its debut in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a 65-million-year-old dinosaur

VIDEO: ‘Climate emergency’ is Oxford’s 2019 Word of the Year

Other words on the shortlist included ‘extinction,’ ‘climate denial’ and ‘eco-anxiety’

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

Canucks erupt with 5 power-play goals in win over Nashville

Vancouver ends three-game slide with 6-3 triumph over Predators

Nanaimo man caught with more than 200,000 child porn images to be sentenced

Crown says Aaron Macrae recorded video of children on buses and at his workplace

Vancouver Island hunters may have harvested deer in area known for chronic wasting disease

Conservation officers make urgent request to public for any information

B.C. widow suing health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed her husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Changes to B.C. building code address secondary suites, energy efficiency

Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the changes will help create more affordable housing

Security guard at Kamloops music festival gets three years for sexually assaulting concertgoer

Shawn Christopher Gray walked the woman home after she became seperated from her friends, court heard

Most Read