It is alarming to believe that city staff would present the “best case scenario” to the public when forecasting budget projections.
Now we seem startled to find out that the worst case scenario came about and we are millions in the hole. Our new council must show strong leadership and cut expenditures harshly to balance the budget.
Campbell River already has one highest civic taxes in the province and and further increases will harm our chances to maintain our standing as a desirable community to live in. Already too many people are choosing the live in the surrounding areas.
As a new resident to Campbell River, it was a hard decision to buy a home within the city limits when we factored in city taxes. Don’t push others away with crushing civic taxes. Please make the hard choices and cut services.
This situation is a longer term problem in Campbell River and don’t take the optimistic view that we will increase our industrial tax base any time soon and dig ourselves out of this mess.
Prince Rupert is a good example that it takes a long time to bounce back from loss of thier major industrial tax base.
Only now are they seeing improvement with the development of the port.