Terrace council provides a tax break to businesses

But no discussion on a tax reduction for home owners

TERRACE city council has been feeling fairly flush this year, doling out amounts from the city surplus to increase community grants, hire a full time bylaw enforcement officer and so on.

The major expenditure is $50,000 to be used to lower business taxes. It helps meets the promise of a 2013 council resolution that as the tax revenue rises from new development, chiefly the Skeena Industrial Development Park, consideration be given to easing the tax burden for others.

It also answers a multi-year call by the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce to narrow the range between the business and residential rate, a gap among the highest in the province and one which the chamber feels is inequitable.

But that 2013 resolution also called for consideration to lower residential taxes. And on this city council was strangely silent. Not one word, at least publicly, was spoken about this. No argument for or against.

The only comment came from councillor James Cordeiro who proposed the $50,000 business tax reduction. When asked why there had been no consideration to lowering residential taxes, Mr. Cordeiro said there had been no organized lobbying efforts on the part of homeowners to do so.

And that’s disappointing. Mr. Cordeiro and the other council members need to be reminded they’re elected to represent all taxpayers, not just specific segments of the city.

Editorial, The Terrace Standard, April 22, 2015

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

The Crown is seeking four to six years federal time; the defence wants 18 months in provincial jail

Access road to Telegraph Creek now open

Ministry has spent $300K to date on work to clear rockslide

Mail destroyed after Canada Post truck flips, catches fire near Prince George

Customers who didn’t get mail they were expecting should contact the sender, the company said

Prince Rupert man who killed foster parents in 2017 receives three-year sentence

A Prince Rupert man convicted in the deaths of his foster parents… Continue reading

VIDEO: A brief history of bumps in the Trudeau-Trump relationship

Remember Peter Navarro saying ‘there’s a special place in hell’ for a foreign leader who aims to cheat?

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Bag of cocaine left in B.C. grocery store aisle

RCMP: ‘We sure would like to talk to’ person who left drugs behind

RCMP officer was justified using hose in rooftop standoff: B.C. watchdog

Police watchdog finds officers actions reasonable when man injured in 2018 incident

Cannabis ice cream? Province prepares for B.C. Bud edibles

Mike Farnworth’s special police unit takes down dispensaries

Union for parole officers at B.C. halfway house says public safety at risk

Increase in parole officers’ workload dealing with highest-risk offenders raises concern

B.C. bans logging in sensitive Silverdaisy area in Skagit River Valley

Minister says no more timber licences will be awarded for the area, also known as the ‘doughnut hole’

Surrey fugitive captured in California was motivated by revenge, $160,000: court documents

Brandon Teixeira, charged with murder, wants to return to Canada ‘as soon as possible,’ says lawyer

Most Read