Defer taxes to protest hike

Oak Bay does not need more bureaucrats convening endless meetings that accomplish nothing

The proposed 5.1 per cent tax hike will be such a burden that many of us will be obliged to defer our taxes, and I encourage all seniors to take this action as the only legal tax revolt open to them.

The extra revenue is apparently earmarked to pay the (undoubtedly handsome) salaries and benefits of more administrative personnel.

My long experience of administrators has led me to conclude that the foxes guard the henroost.  Oak Bay does not need more self-serving, otiose bureaucrats convening endless meetings that accomplish sweet fanny-ann.

As for densification, mayor and council might encourage intelligent use of existing housing, e.g. creative and helpful schemes for senior empty-nesters, rather than squashing serviceable houses and throwing up (I use the term advisedly) jerry-built packing crates for the profit of developers and off-shore investors.

Perhaps the real densification lies between the ears of Mayor Jensen and those of  council members in favour of these regressive and tyrannical measures.

Hilary Knight

Oak Bay

 

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