JAMES Cordeiro

No tax breaks for industry, says candidate

A local business owner is taking a second crack at running for a seat on Terrace's city council.

A local business owner is taking a second crack at running for a seat on Terrace’s city council.

James Cordeiro, owner of the Blackstone’s Restaurant and operator of The Lodge at Skeena Landing, ran unsuccessfully in 2008.

“My chief concern is the wise use of taxpayer money,” he said of his candidacy in this election.

While initially unsure about whether or not he wanted to run, Cordeiro said he was appalled at city council’s decision to give My Mountain Coop money to operate the Shames Mountain ski facility.

“I’m in disagreement that the city should be funding it in any way,” said Cordiero. “The co-op went to the taxpayers and ultimately the taxpayers said no because they didn’t buy the memberships.”

Unless a business plan has proven to be viable, and that hasn’t happened yet, said Cordeiro, then public money should not be supporting it in any way.

Nor should the public purse have sprung for a $40,000 website for the Terrace Economic Development Authority, he continued.

“This better be the website to end all websites.”

He also disagrees with the notion that the city came into “extra” money this year, saying the perception that Terrace had a windfall when it received a $375,000 provincial grant to rebuild Davis Ave. After the city had committed its own money to the project.

“My philosophy is, as long as there are dirt roads in downtown Terrace, there’s no such thing as extra money,” he said, noting in the spirit of conserving money he would not have voted to give Terrace’s mayor a raise.

When it comes to what public money should be supporting, Cordeiro said basic services like infrastructure and public safety should be taken care of before spending elsewhere.

The city should also sell the former Terrace Co-op property and recoup its losses, he said, continuing that regardless of whether or not it was purchased for less than its assessed value, money sitting there is money that can’t be spent elsewhere.

“It loses $32,000 in tax revenue every year,” he said, noting that low-income housing should not take up any space in that location once the building is torn down, saying it would isolate those living in that area.

He also doesn’t believe in tax breaks for industry.

“If one group is paying less the other group has to pay more,” he said.

Thirty-six-year-old Cordeiro attended Trinity Western University for business in Langley and moved to Terrace with his wife Kirsten in 2004. They now have a 5-year-old son.











Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

School District 82’s first week of in-person class is in the books

First classes held since schools closed March 17 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Skeena Valley Farmers Market looks to reopen

Market switched to online format earlier this year in response to pandemic

Two per cent hotel tax coming to Terrace and Thornhill

Tax comes into effect on Sept. 1, will support Kermodei Tourism

‘Busier than we’ve ever seen’: Mountain biking around Terrace jumps

Terrace Off Road Cycling Association opened new trails on June 2

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

‘Great Regional Air Hug’ being organized by the Vanderhoof International Airshow Society

A multi-aircraft flyover over the region is being planned for August 15.

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

Most Read