BIA is just another tax

Kudos for your printing both the letters regarding the BIA’s unpopularity among ratepayers.

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.

Patricia Bigwood

Saanichton

 

 

Just Posted

A banana peel worthy of Burning Man

North Saanich artist builds a light-up, laughing sculpture for 70,000 festival-goers

READERS’ CHOICE: Saluting the stars of the Saanich Peninsula

Welcome to the Peninsula News Review’s 13th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, our… Continue reading

The 2018 Summer Sounds Series in Sidney sure to delight

It’s a free musical event that runs all summer long

BCAM slated to get one of last remaining Lancaster bombers

Approval seems certain despite emotional Torontonian appeals

Saanich Peninsula athletes earn their place at B.C. Games

The Saanich Peninsula will be well-represented next week as the 40th annual… Continue reading

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Haida Gwaii village faces housing crisis, targets short-term rentals

Housing is tight and the village is pretty close to zero vacancy

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

200 firefighters and 18 helicopters were working to increase the containment of the fires

B.C. VIEWS: Unions regain control of public construction

B.C.’s 40-year battle swings back to international big labour

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Most Read