Kudos for your printing both the letters regarding the BIA’s unpopularity among ratepayers.
We have been charmed to no end, by the very few who will gain the most benefit. Common consensus on the street is no added business will come, as just the cost will be levied to already struggling businesses.
Tax creates added cost. We already have coffee shops serving soup and coffees at $16. Can it be more prohibitive to growth than we were promised? Likely. Worst of all, its presence is already closing shop doors, as business move out of downtown. We have another HST in the making —tax made by subterfuge and rammed down our throats. Perhaps some re-thinking is due. Maybe repeal.
If only they had an honest, straight up vote to pass this nuisance. We have a silent majority getting this unwelcome tax shoved down our throats and that is not the 321 unified businesses coming together as proclaimed.