Taxpayers envision affordable property taxes
| Posted: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 06:00 am
Taxes too high? Don’t worry they will get higher! Through the years I always thought that accountability and trust were the most important principles of any government. But seems we have lost that. Can we trust politicians to spend wisely, to be good stewards of our tax dollars or are we willing to support the addiction of spending which is rampant in many jurisdictions including St. Albert?
The trend of many cities is to take on debt which then falls on the shoulders of taxpayers and future generations (our children). What a legacy to leave the younger generation! This tax and spend attitude is unsustainable, especially in St. Albert where there is very little non-residential tax base. Our elected officials who we expect to protect our common good and well-being are failing us miserably.
We need people on council who have the integrity and courage not to follow the pack and who are ever mindful of spending our money responsibly. This council seems to have a champagne taste but forget many of us have beer money.
Slowly but surely people are beginning to recognize the consequences of overspending and failing to live within our means. Voting for a control on spending does not mean a vote against the city prospering.
There are many people who would vote for someone who promises to put first things first and keeps their promises. We must take steps to identify and prioritize “must have” spending initiatives and focus future spending on core needs. We must eliminate spending on “nice-to-have” projects until taxpayers can absorb the additional tax burden.
In St. Albert we need an understanding and fiscally responsible council. The solution is not to tell us that if you can’t afford to live here, then consider moving. I am concerned that my taxes including utilities may double in the next 10 years. I may have to “git outta town!”
Linda Hennigar, St. Albert