Avi Ickovich: ‘We need to stop this insanity. There are other transportation alternatives to the Blue Bridge replacement’

'Joseph Strauss' Bridge' in 2009 by 'Goyo de la Rosa'

EVENTUALLY, VICTORIA TAXPAYERS WILL PAY FOR A “YES” VOTE

THROUGH HIGHER TAXES

During recessions, governments turn on the printing presses and interest rates plummet as governments move to inflate the money supply in response to an an ensuing economic meltdown.

Initial effects seem good.

But using spending to cover up economic ills leads to rampant inflation.

This process has already begun, the latest StatsCan figures suggest.

Inflation causes a brutal economic “hangover,” making things worse in  the long run.

Although the Blue Bridge is only a local or regional project, it is an example of what permeates the thoughts of decision-makers across North America.

We need to stop this insanity.

There are other transportation alternatives to the Blue Bridge replacement.

For instance, the Bay Street Bridge route could direct traffic toward the North Douglas corridor, which is now designated a high-growth and high-density development zone in the Official Community Plan for Victoria.

Without a firm guarantee of rail across the Blue Bridge, it is more practical to promote rapid transit along the Douglas corridor.

Eventually, Victoria taxpayers will pay for a “Yes” vote through higher taxes and displacement of businesses to the West Shore.

 

CCC BLOG repost:

Bridge bills will hurt city in long run

Avi Ickovich

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Page D3

Will the philistine socialists continue to neglect our heritage bridge?

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2 Responses to Avi Ickovich: ‘We need to stop this insanity. There are other transportation alternatives to the Blue Bridge replacement’

  1. Avi Ickovich says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING TABLE WITH THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL THAT HIGHLIGHTS HOW OVER THE LAST FORTY YEARS MORE AND MORE OF THE BURDEN OF MAINTAINING INFRASTRUCTURE HAS FALLEN ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IN BC IN 1961 22% OF SUCH INVESTMENT WAS BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE REMAINDER WAS FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL, BY 2005 LOCAL GOVERNMENT WAS 59% AND THE REMAINDER THE SENIOR GOVERNMENTS. THIS BEING THE CASE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT INVESTED IN US GOING “NOWHERE”

    Source:
    Table A.1
    Share in total government infrastructure capital, 2005 and
    1961, by region and level of government, in 1997 constant dollars
    Canadian Economic Observer, September 2007
    Statistics Canada – Catalogue no. 11-010

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for the information, Avi.

    Your letter to the Editor of the Times Colonist, which we reposted above, was also very thought-provoking.

    I share your concerns, as I am sure many of our CCC BLOG readers do, that the tax burdens of Victorians, particularly the residential property taxpayers, are becoming completely out of sync with the economic realities faced by people on a day to day basis.

    In short, as your table shows, these unreasonable residential tax burdens are explained by the information you provide, showing that with senior governments not contributing, the tax burden locally becomes even higher to cover costs previously shared more equitably.

    But an even greater problem is spendthrift socialist administrations like that of the present Mayor of Victoria, who have no idea how to manage a budget, and no business sense whatsoever.

    Gregory Hartnell, President
    Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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