Tax increase too much for seniors

The author takes issue with Ashcroft Council's decision to eliminate the Senior's discount on utilities and up utility rates for everyone.

Dear Editor

Upon reading The Journal’s Thursday, Aug. 17 edition that Council will eliminate the seniors 25 per cent discount on sewer and water rates and will also raise water rates 15 per cent annually, sewer rates 10 per cent annually for a five year duration as well as eliminating the additional home owner grant at five per cent /year for a period of five years I was compelled to raise my concerns. If anyone believes rates will go down after these five years…I’ve got a bridge in Ashcroft I’ll sell you.

Mayor Jeyes justifies this by saying seniors are better off now than they were 40 years ago. Regardless if they are better off they are only marginally better off and seniors have done their share already, they should not be regarded as a cash cow and expected to carry the brunt of a towns tax load. Councillor Mertens says “It’s going to be a hit for some”. Understatement!! Councillor Roden hates to say it but wanted to know how many seniors live in Ashcroft because “We’re foregoing a lot of income”. In other words “Let’s hit up the seniors”. Councillor Trill stated “He doesn’t like it but hoped that it would even our for everyone in the end”. Sounds to me like he worked with Justin Trudeau who said “The budget would balance itself”. These statements show a complete lack of regard for seniors and people who we are trying to attract to our community.

There is no plan in place for water meters yet but will be in place by 2020 further raising rates (i.e cost of installation, cost of paying staff to read them etc…). Furthermore they now also want to borrow half a million dollars for a new fire truck when it will cost $390,000 to purchase and they already have $192,041 in their reserve fund but are choosing to leave that alone for the time being.

If you disagree with this, which will further boost your taxes you can register your dismay and force council to take it to a referendum by signing a “electoral response form” which you can obtain at the Village office and hand it in to them before Oct. 13 at 4pm. It will require 148 of these forms to force a referendum so do not delay and leave this matter up to others. Every vote counts! I urge all eligible voters to do this and send council a message. Enough is enough. I sure wouldn’t like to see our logo change to “Welcome to Ashcroft, taxation awaits you”.

Grant Knowles


Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read