The Translink process
The link takes you to a video clip from today’s noon news. There was a public meeting this morning on the property tax increase – did anybody lnow about that? – that was poorly attended, but those who did get there were not happy. And then the Chair of the SoCoBriTCA Board says ” we have options” but won’t say what they are. And this afternoon’s meeting is in private.
It is not the amount that is the issue. It is the open contempt for public oversight. It seems to me we have become a third rate banana republic.
This (below) is from Saturday’s Vancouver Sun
Lower Mainland homeowners were saved most but not all of the pain of TransLink’s 2008 property tax levy.
Residential property owners will face an increase of only $5 per $500,000 of assessed value.
And they will not foot the bill this year to replace the $18-million parking-site tax.
The TransLink board Friday decided — for this year only — to collect only $9 million and to collect it from businesses, not residential property owners.
To nit pick a bit – the change applies to Metro Vancouver (formerly – and still legally known as the GVRD) “The Lower Mainland” is a much bigger area (though not precisely defined by legislation) and that is not (yet) subject to the whims of the unelected SoCoBriTCA Board.