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Re: Amalgamation (Letters, Jan. 15)
Two recent letters touched on the issue of municipal amalgamation.
Before we go too far down this road, can someone please explain why we in Saanich, and Langford in particular, would wish to trade our property tax mil rates for the higher rate levied in the City of Victoria.
That’s what will happen – our property taxes will rise to Victoria levels, theirs won’t come down. Will we see any benefit? Given the way that municipality seems to be run, I doubt it – so we’d be throwing more of our hard-earned dollars down the municipal drain. And that’s before the sewage treatment plant boondoggle.
It may be inefficient to run 13 municipalities but do we want greater inefficiency – as seen by most, if not all, amalgamations back east – no.