City business sector lobbies council, mayor for direction, help

It was noted Monday during a special meeting at city council that a handful of city businesses have lobbied council and the mayor with concerns about Dawson Creek's business climate.

City councillors opened their Monday afternoon session noting the marked differences in municipal taxation between, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, and Dawson Creek. The City of Dawson Creek noted that Pouce and Tumbler have lowered taxes 25 percent and 100 percent respectively for the 2020 tax year.

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Council also discussed a series of local business owners lobbying the city with concerns about the business climate of Dawson Creek and area, including a letter from Sam Mangalji with the Travelodge Dawson Creek

“Unfortunately, it has become a ghost town and as a local business it's heartbreaking to see the economy in a depression,” he noted.

“As a tourism and oil and gas industry dependent town this is detrimental for our business,” he said outlining the reality for many businesses in Dawson Creek.

Mayor Dale Bumstead said a handful of businesses have reached out to him for support.

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