The Town of Ladysmith recently announced a 3.4 percent increase on property taxes.
Alongside the Chronicle’s coverage of the announcement and what it will mean for Ladysmith, we hit the streets to ask residents what they think of the increase.
“I expect them to be increased every year, so I don’t get too upset about it. I want to see taxes go toward fixing infrastructure around the town, and maintaining projects. As I say, I expect it every year. Somebody has to pay for the things that need doing, and I just hope the taxes are equitably gathered in from everybody, rather than mainly residents and giving businesses a break, or something like that. As long as everyone’s paying their fair share.”
“I think it’s disgusting. The wages haven’t gone up in a long time, I mean, reality check, it should be $15 an hour for anybody to survive, and now they’re going to raise the taxes? How are people going to survive? They do need to do some upkeep, but I don’t find they’re doing all that much. Ladysmith closes down at four o’clock. Don’t build anything around Transfer Beach, just let people enjoy the beach. Right now they’re building up there, condominiums and crap, and now they’re going to raise the taxes and not raise the wages. You’re giving me a headache.”
“Nobody likes paying more, but the fact of the matter is everything is going up in price. All the services are going up in price, someone has to pay for it, and if it’s not the people that benefit from it, then who should it be? I’d like to see my taxes go toward providing a nice community. I like Ladysmith and I think it’s developing quite well.
“The costs of these groceries, you eat, we eat, everything we like is expensive. It’s another added cost. Municipalities should be forced, quite frankly, to cut back. Part of that is trade union, part of that is just to add another increase at all levels of government. I think they should cut services, even for seniors. Most things, especially on a municipal level should be privatized. I’d like to see my taxes go toward the reduction of debt.”
For more information on how the Town of Ladysmith formed their budget, and where your tax dollars will be spent, visit the town’s website.