What happened to co-operation on transit funding?
It’s been approximately one year since I attended a Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the TransLink mayors’ council and the provincial government announced they had reached a memorandum of understanding to co-operate
I can’t tell you how confused this release was to myself and many others attending the luncheon, who wondered what has been going on in the past years as to co-operation between the parties.
With this announcement, we were informed that the mayors’ council would come up with a solution to fund the remaining portion on the Evergreen Line within a three-month period or by the end of 2010; to the best of my knowledge, they later asked for an extension.
Now it appears the mayors’ council has not found a method acceptable to fund the Evergreen Line but proposes a temporary solution to increase property taxes until a permanent solution can be found.
Given the history, I fear the temporary solution of increasing property taxes will become the permanent solution. We have had enough tax increases and as the mayors will be voting on this shortly, I would like to know which way Tri-City mayors will be voting.
Ralph Banni, Coquitlam