Letters to the Editor

Council needs limits on spending

Dear Editor:

Re: Culls, Nov. 24 Summerland Review

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ approach is trying to keep costs to the taxpayer in check (who do not get inflation adjusted anything) and municipalities solvent.

Your careless trashing of their ideas will result in the sad state of affairs (may already be happening in Summerland) that presently affect Europe, the United States, and believe it or not, Canada. They are all fundamentally broke.

In my opinion, I think the Summerland Review editor needs to brush up on the mathematical truths of exponential growth as does our council, for the taxpayers’ sake.  As in, governments can only redistribute other people’s money.

Coun. Orv Robson said we need two per cent growth a year. Does he or anyone understand that in 35 years at that rate we will need double of everything — power, water, treatments plants, homes, schools.  Is this what we want?

Can we even afford it if the population only grows at one per cent? No, we cannot! Hence, say yes to the common sense approach of the CFIB.  Hey, a three per cent growth will mean it will double in only 24 years, seven per cent in 10 years. Yippee, more growth please (sarcasm off.)

If more growth and debt was the answer, as the last 30 years were extraordinary for growth, then why do we find everyone,  including countries, in debt up to their eyeballs?

Council needs to keep its eye on the spending ball because every community in B.C., every province in Canada, and even every country in the world wants to grow. How is that going to happen?  It isn’t.

Control what we can locally and that something is spending and keeping, at the minimum, what we already have — that is growth you can take to the local bank.

Rick Hanson



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