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Property Taxes

Property tax increases must be brought under control.  The issue affects the affordability of housing for homeowners and renters.

Property taxes do not need to rise every year, it’s unsustainable over the long run.  The city cannot afford to fund every project or program that they can imagine.  The city must have priorities and make choices.  A strategic plan with 160+ priorities is no plan at all.

One of my top priorities as your city councillor will be to hold the line on property taxes, not spend every dollar of new tax revenue on expanded services, particularly in areas outside Victoria’s jurisdiction, and to ensure Victorians get value for their tax dollars.

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  • Stephen Andrew Campaign
    commented 2020-11-24 06:58:29 -0800
    Paul Dwyer – as one of 9 people at the council table, any decision to remove a strategic priority would be a majority decision.

    I have no particular priority I would focus on, except I want to see the City stay in its lane. The city should focus on priorities essential to its legislated responsibility and do them well.

    Straying into provincial and federal areas is not productive and abdicates other governments from their responsibilities. This in turn places an unfair and unnecessary tax burden the people who live and work in Victoria.

    We need to ensure our infrastructure is robust, healthy and efficient.

    We need to move away from an expectation that we have an endless stream of money.

    We need to justify additional spending and Tex increases.

    For the foreseeable future, we need to respect the challenges brought by the pandemic and lessen economic stress on all.

    Thank you for the question
  • Jeff Martin
    commented 2020-11-20 04:33:26 -0800
    We need to make sure we are not wasting dollars, not matter how small the amount because it means less money for essential things like a proper police budget to better protect our municipality! This in turn will put less pressure on the following years property taxes and help keep cost of living down for people that own property or rent in Victoria! An example of money wasted was the $5000 bought for a community ping-pong table just before the pandemic of Covid-19 hit the city, the province, Canada, and the world!
  • Shaun Peck
    followed this page 2020-11-11 09:13:56 -0800
  • Paul Dwyer
    commented 2020-11-06 07:27:25 -0800
    Which priorities on the strategic plan would you remove?