TransLink’s idea works for students

How about a referendum on a 0.5 per cent tax to fund education?

An open letter to the Ministry of Education and the B.C. Teachers’ Federation:

You know how you want to provide more resources for special needs students? I’m guessing you likely have a bunch more things on your wish list as well. The problem has simply been finding enough money in the general budget without causing huge tax increases. I have an amazing idea for you.

My idea is to raise the sales tax by an amount that is dedicated to education. Start out with something small like 0.5 per cent. You can always raise it later. Put it to a referendum so that the people take responsibility. Call it an Education Improvement Tax. Few would dare vote against our children’s future. It’s a sure-fire winner and you don’t raise regular taxes.

If people complain about it you can just say you were doing the wishes of the people. As an added bonus, you can start shifting existing education costs over to this “electorate approved” tax source, leaving the general tax fund for more whimsical ideas. Brilliant.

Speak with those behind the current Congestion Improvement Tax referendum for implementation details.

 

Allan Alton, Surrey

Just Posted

Guatemala mission offers hope, health

Peninsula team to visit remote villages, build a home, in Piedra Blanca

PHOTOS: Surrey teacher’s annual fitness fundraiser raises $23K in six years

‘Zumbathon’ led by Elaine Chong draws 350 people to Fleetwood Park Secondary gym

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Delta’s first cricket pitch slated for Delview Park

About 200 active players in the city are playing on BC Mainland Cricket League teams in other cities

Champ Surrey wrestler looks to ‘threepeat’ at U SPORTS nationals in Calgary

Cloverdale’s Brad Hildenbrandt named male wrestler of year after Canada West title win

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Avalanche control planned tomorrow on Highway 1

The highway will be closed in the morning east of Revelstoke

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

Most Read