There are many worthy causes — will there be referenda on a host of new taxes?

This referendum is about bigger issues than just transportation. It is a test. Be aware of the implications of voting yes.

Editor: We are about to have a referendum for the first specific tax for specific purposes: the 2015 Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax.

Now if the referendum results are positive, I have some predictions. The floodgates will open, because politicians have learned a new way to market new tax sources.

Be ready for some new “worthy cause” referenda.

They could include the following:

2016: Education Class Size Reduction Tax

2017: Health Wait Time Reduction Tax

2018: Policing Enhancement Tax

2019: Poverty Reduction Tax

2020: Affordable Housing Tax

2021: Utility Infrastructure Replacement Tax

2022: [Insert popular issue here] Tax

Let’s not forget the general tax revenue fund. It will continue to exist, but will be left for whimsical projects.

This referendum is about bigger issues than just transportation. It is a test. Be aware of the implications of voting yes.

Allan Alton,

Surrey

Langley Times