Gregory Hartnell: ‘In contrast to the 7% rise in residential property taxes, eight of the nine Victoria Councillors approved a token tax hike of only 1% for commercial property taxpayers,’ Letter to Victoria News, original + edited versions

CITY OF VICTORIA’S RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM:

INFLATIONARY, EXTORTIONATE  AND UNJUST:

HURTS THE POOREST OF THE POOR 

CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION
1357 Rockland Avenue
Victoria, V8S 1V7
Tel. 250 382 97 67

 

Letters to the Editor

 Victoria News

Re: Another tax rise, another money grab (News, April 13)

 

  William Perry is not the only Victoria resident upset that ‘our municipal taxes keep rising.’ 

 

  With the announcement by Victoria City Council that our residential property taxes will go up by 7% this year, it is quite clear that this Council has succumbed to three very powerful special interest groups: the Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria Police officers’ union, and all of the unionized workers, both inside and outside, employed by the Corporation of the City of Victoria.

 

  Mr. Perry, a former policeman, has pointed out many times in letters to the Victoria News that the demands of the Victoria police are extortionate, inflationary and ultimately unjust.

 

  In contrast to the 7% rise in residential property taxes, eight of the nine Victoria Councillors approved a token tax hike of only 1% for commercial property taxpayers, apparently convinced by pro-corporate interests at the Chamber.  To his credit, Councillor Phillipe Lucas realized that the 7/1 ratio is severely imbalanced in favour of corporate interests, and voted against it.

 

  The Chamber is also a big pusher of the unnecessary demolition and replacement of our heritage Johnson Street Bridge, the neglected rail portion of which is now out of order.

 

   The Council says the old bridge will have to be left stuck upright in the air for eight months, all through the tourist season, and right up to the municipal election.  This is a disgrace and symbolic of their incompetence. 

 

  It is obvious that Victoria’s beleaguered residential property taxpayers are being unfairly targeted to help realize the grandiose plans of a Council that does not know how to say no to high-pressure special interest groups like the Chamber, the police officers’ union and the unions representing all the other workers paid by our high taxes.

 

  This inflationary taxation system keeps happening, regardless of the harsh realities in the real world market, which is still obviously in recession.  It is extortionate, unfair and ultimately hurts the poorest of the poor, who will not be housed while millions are squandered paying off or appeasing the Chamber’s corporate interests, bullying police, inside and outside union workers, and on a new unneeded bridge. 

 

Gregory Hartnell, President

 

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition
CCC
Philippe Lucas

LUCAS: SOLE VICTORIA COUNCILLOR OPPOSED
TO RAISING RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAXES TO 7%
VICTORIA NEWS  EDITED VERSION:

Tax formula panders to interest groups

Published: April 27, 2011 6:00 AM

 

Re: Another tax rise, another money grab (Letters, April 13)

William Perry is not the only Victoria resident upset that our municipal taxes keep rising.

With the announcement by Victoria city council that our residential property taxes will go up by seven per cent this year, it is quite clear this council has succumbed to three very powerful special interest groups: the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Victoria police officers’ union and all of the unionized workers, both inside and outside, employed by the City of Victoria.

In contrast to the rise in residential property taxes, eight of the nine Victoria councillors approved a token tax hike of only one per cent for commercial property taxpayers, apparently convinced by pro-corporate interests. To his credit, Coun. Phillipe Lucas realized that the seven-to-one ratio is severely imbalanced and voted against it.

It is obvious that Victoria’s beleaguered residential property taxpayers are being unfairly targeted to help realize the grandiose plans of a council that does not know how to say no to high-pressure special interest groups like the chamber, the police union and the unions representing the other municipal workers paid by our high taxes.

This inflationary taxation system keeps happening, regardless of the harsh realities in the real world market, which is still obviously in recession. It is unfair and ultimately hurts the poorest of the poor.

Gregory Hartnell

president,

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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2 Responses to Gregory Hartnell: ‘In contrast to the 72 rise in residential property taxes, eight of the nine Victoria Councillors approved a token tax hike of only 12 for commercial property taxpayers,’ Letter to Victoria News, original + edited versions

  1. Diane Dillon says:

    I agree with the above atatemnt regarding the special interest group and it hit the poor and creates more poor. This is houw the city cotnributes to homelessness and poverty by creating more homeless and poor. It is time for the residents, citizens to take back this country and demand that things are set straight. We should organize and monitor all acitivies by the city , police, and government officials. It is our civil right and human right to act on our own behlaf. We are the employers of all of the above and I want to have a formal interview to see if I still want any of them in my employ. they fai at the job they lose their job

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks for your comments, Diane.

    Let’s not forget that when Dino was trying to sell his new English-designed bridge to replace our neglected heritage bascule bridge (designed by the same man who built the Golden Gate Bridge), he promised that his grandiose building plan would not impact our residential property taxes.

    Nobody with their head screwed on properly believed him then, and the proof is in the pudding of this news about inflationary residential tax hikes… in a damned recession.

    We have tenants in a house that we rent in Fernwood, and each time the City raises our Victoria residential property taxes, we are put under economic pressure to raise their rent.

    Because they are good tenants, we have instead absorbed the annual inflationary residential property tax hikes, and not passed them on to our poor tenants.

    Other landlords and landladies, even those with good tenants who they don’t want to lose, may not be in such a position to pass over raising tenants’ rent as we are able to do.

    Those landlords and landladies who are forced to raise rents to cover their high tax costs risk losing their good tenants to evictions due to non payment, leading to vacancies, and what is worse, these poor people sometimes actually end up on the street homeless, and as you correctly point out, ‘it creates more poor.’

    The City is not run by the politicians that we elect, but is rather run by special interests, especially the Chamber of Commerce, the unions… and the overpaid managers, which I neglected to mention in my original letter to the Victoria News.

    Let’s not forget all those overpriced managers at City Hall who get paid way more than than the almost completely ineffectual Councillors.

    Gregory Hartnell

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