It's getting more difficult to support a household when taxes and services continue to increase at a higher level than annual pay increases. One increase when considered on its own seems like a small amount; however, when you add them all up, it can be overwhelming.
Proposed View Royal tax increases include $15 to $137 per year for the new firehall complex (average 6.7 per cent tax increase), 2.5 per cent to four per cent additional tax increase for "other" View Royal projects in 2013 and 2014, and $25 a year more for water.
B.C. Hydro rates were increased by 7.07 per cent on April 1, 2012, and will increase another 1.44 per cent on April 1, 2013. After the election, annual increases will likely be higher.
Other expenses expected to rise include transit and ferry fares, groceries, university tuition fees, Insurance Corp. of B.C. premiums, and employment insurance and Canada Pension plan deductions.
The question is not whether View Royal residents want a safe building for their firefighters (they do) or whether they will approve borrowing $5.49 million, it is whether they can afford up to $13 million over 20 years for a large multi-purpose building with many large offices and meeting/training spaces.
Residents have asked for less costly and different options and none have materialized.
Can we afford it?
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