Government keeps paying itself

I and other residents note the City of Dawson Creek has no money. Any rebate or tax return monies this year ($116 for the average homeowner) should go back into fixing Dawson Creek streets, the type of infrastructure the city is to keep up our taxpayer’s money. $116 buys a meal for a night or two. Shame on you. We are broke.
We all need to do better for the citizenry of Dawson Creek – and their city taxes. This is COVID-19 happening now.
To think that $116 is a return to homeowners of Dawson Creek is an insult to them. The city has laid-off 75 employees and I think the elected officials should only be paid when attending a meeting in person. I have listened to many times counsellors not at the meeting, literally phoning it in while on holiday, and not at the meeting, yet getting paid. This is not right.
It is COVID-19 – how does it feel to know that most politicians of all levels have shut down your ability to earn a paycheque, but they all are still drawing wages from taxpayers of all levels?
I hope school board taxes are not in similar shape. I don’t think that any elected official comparing this COVID-19 situation to a real estate downturn is appropriate at all.
This is a global pandemic and the homeowners are getting $116 back. Returning $116 to taxpayers seems irresponsible when others are reducing taxes by 25 percent .
Why can’t the mayor bang the drum on lowering city taxes each night at 7pm? In light of COVID-19, this $116 can go back to the city and let us fix broken city streets.
Buyer beware, this city has a cash flow issue. It starts at the top.
Ron Jabs
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