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Let's raise taxes by zero per cent


  |  Posted: Saturday, Nov 17, 2012 06:00 am

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It is good to see the many ideas out there regarding our services and our property taxes.

All private organizations and even governments ask their management to reduce costs by, say, 10 per cent. Why canít we, the taxpayers, ask the City of St. Albert to undertake a similar exercise? Please, city council and city administration, show us that this is possible, you can do it! Remember, if we get serious we can do more with less!

As for we taxpayers, let us get serious and show up at city hall to let council know what we really want. Council will do what we want if we clearly let them know what that is. Council, please tell us what we will lose if there is a zero per-cent increase in taxes? If you ask me, I donít think we would lose anything.

If we keep raising taxes based on the rate of inflation, inflation will keep going up Ė no doubt! As a taxpayer, I would like to know how many employees, every year, get an increase in salary that is tied to the inflation rate? I bet the answer is not 100 per cent. So why do our taxes always go up, even more than the inflation rate Ė 100 per cent of the time?

As an individual, we all manage with what we have. The City of St. Albert must work in a similar mode and not just keep asking for more and more! It is our job to make sure that this is what happens.

BK (Bakhshish) Kang, St. Albert


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