LETTERS: Downloading problems

Penticton City Council, once again I draw your attention to the problems created by downloading.

Council, you will need to contact the electrical engineer and have him check the palace on the northwest end of Main Street to check for short circuits.

City hall transfers between $5.5 million to $6 million from the electrical fund to the general fund annually. Council forgives between $600,000 to $900,000 to residential  taxpayers with secondary suites, has probably forgiven $1.5 million to the 100 and 200 blocks of Main Street for revitalization, gives out $800,000 in community grants annually and council will probably forgive $500,000 in deficits to Challenge Penticton, just to name a few.

A person on a disability pension gets in trouble with his electrical bill payment to the tune of around $100 and council sends in the electrical meter police with bolt cutters to enforce the pay-up-or-freeze ticket.

The $100 electrical billing seems excessive for a small cabin. Council needs the electrical engineer to check the electrical meter and examine where the electrical lines from the meter lead to in the cabin. This sounds like an illegal secondary suite that doesn’t meet bylaw requirements for secondary suites.

If the complaint of the tenant in the cabin is legitimate, and council will reduce the nonpayment penalties from $168 to $34, then I will take up a collection to pay for the outstanding penalty of $34 to clear the outstanding balance and help this individual out. Council, once again I draw your attention to the problems created by downloading.

Ted Wiltse

Penticton

 

 

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