Big city salaries not needed in North Cowichan

Taxpayers stretching their budgets to pay continual increases

Regarding North Cowichan mulling a big tax increase to hire new office staff:

North Cowichan is not a village, or a town, or a city; it is a lot of people strung along many kilometres of roads within the municipality, with the exception of Chemainus and Crofton, (which probably could be villages by their own right). North Cowichan has around 29,000 residents occupying around 195 square kilometres.

Because we have a small population, we do not need more high-priced staff to help run our local government. This is “empire building” at its best by our new council.

Executives, like who are proposed, are more suitable in a large city, certainly not here. What will happen is these people are hired and sign a healthy severance package, work for a year and become “unsuitable” and receive thousands of dollars of severance, so that $100,000 yearly salary will have expanded to $200,000 to $300,000 in severance.

I am retired and my OAS just went up a whopping 60 cents and my CPP went up $14.94. I can’t afford tax increases like we have had the past few years. I am only one of many retirees here who feel the same. Over 24 per cent of the population of North Cowichan is over 65 (some 7,300 of us) and I am sure that most of them feel the same about large tax increases year after year.

Let’s try to consider the income of the 24 per cent of the population by watching our pennies when spending our money. If we wanted to live in a big city attitude, we would have moved to a big city.

Frank Hudson,

Chemainus

Just Posted

Polish your language skills with The Foreigner

It’s all gibberish, but Charlie Baker’s personality receives a revamp in Chemainus Theatre production

In support of local business

Chemainus Business Improvement Association launches campaign

Academic honours for Westholme volleyball siblings

VIU standouts Doug and Danielle Groenendijk gain further recognition

Easter Fun Day

Kids fill their baskets with treats Saturday at Fuller Lake Park

Mad scramble for Easter treats

Crofton Easter Egg Hunt brings out hordes of kids and massive bunny chases

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

Most Read