Letters: Richmond mayor explains tax hike

Richmond News

Dear Editor,

Every year, Richmond city council has proposed property tax increases that are amongst the lowest in the region.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, taxes were reduced by 2.01 per cent, from 4.98 per cent, when council deferred the addition of RCMP officers as part of our three-year Safe Community Program.

We also delayed several other important safety projects such as the Neighbourhood Walkway Program and the Steveston Highway Multi-Use Pathway, as well as flood protection and dike improvement initiatives. We also cancelled the 1 per cent transfer to the Capital Building Reserve — funds earmarked to reduce civic borrowing for facility construction such as the Steveston Community Centre and Branch Library. …

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