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What are the ramifications of Steveston getting UNESCO world heritage status?

Editor:

As a long time Richmond/Steveston resident and a property taxpayer, I am acutely aware of the rush by council to spend all the money we give them, and more.

However, I am concerned that not enough is known about the ramifications of achieving this UNESCO world heritage status.

What does it mean to the residents of Steveston in terms of future taxes, building codes, etc., that the status may bring?

People voicing support of the push do not speak for me. Recommendations from the City staff to spend $20,000 on what could be best described as a “make-work project” don’t go down well with me, because I see this money as merely the tip of the iceberg.

This kind of decision should not be taken lightly.

The taxpayers who will end up footing the bill need to know more about what it is going to mean, before these decisions cost us dearly.

Far too much money is being spent on potentially futile projects that are built on the whims of the few.  Some examples include our Interurban Tram site, which is seldom open, and Branscombe House, which cost us more than $1 million and yet still has no defined purpose.  Shouldn’t we be evaluating our investments for feasibility and risk factors and assigning a practical end goal to the money being spent?  This seems reasonable to me.

Anthony Turner

Richmond

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