Thumbs up for ‘radical’ tax idea

What a great solution for extra funding for transit improvements.

In the Aug. 23 issue of The Surrey-North Delta Leader, a “radical tax proposal” was outlined as a solution to TransLink’s funding problems.

Although some may think that taxation of real estate of foreign buyers and other non-resident owners and speculators is radical, I think it is brilliant.

What a great solution for extra funding for transit improvements.

As a retired person, I resent the possibility that I might have to pay more property taxes, a possible vehicle levy and an additional fuel tax on perhaps one of the most expensive fuel prices in Canada, for the privilege of having a car to use for my errands, medical appointments and volunteer work.

The bus service from my home to local stores, etc., is inconvenient. I notice every home in my area has at least one car, with many having four – one per family member.

Imposing a vehicle levy would hit seniors and post-secondary students especially hard. I’d love to see someone from TransLink come to Tsawwassen and take a bus to Burnaby, as I did for a medical appointment. It took over two hours one way.

TransLink estimates 75 per cent of the population commutes to work by car, and since these people are already paying taxes through fuel consumption, I think it’s time they be left alone.

It will be interesting to read what transpires during TransLink meetings this week. I hope all residents pay attention and take time to be informed on what might happen.

 

Jean Wightman

Delta

Surrey North Delta Leader

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