LETTER: Tax money needed for road upgrades

Over the past two years, Summerland council defeated two hight tax income projects

Dear Editor:

Re Frank Martens’ letter, Summerland Review, May 31.

Martens mentions the exceptionally poor condition of many of our streets.

Obviously maintenance is done as cheaply as possible and in a lot of cases, done by municipal crews, so we see pothole fixes.

Residents are quick to complain about conditions we experience.

Anyone who thinks their tax contribution provides ample funds required for this maintenance simply doesn’t get it.

Over the past two years, Summerland residents, through their elected council, defeated two hight tax income projects for our community.

It is so easy to say no to any project for our city.

Mayor Peter Waterman did everything he could to encourage the go-ahead on the two major tax income projects — the Bristow project and the waste disposal site at the Summerland Landfill.

If looked at by all sides, these two projects, enough tax income would have probably provided enough funds to repave our entire community.

Projects like these two mentioned do not present themselves automatically.

Once major projects are turned town after major expenditures to our community, we send the message that Summerland is not project-friendly.

In the meantime, get used to our road conditions.

They are not going to get much better soon.

Rick Joncas


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