While I commend Township Councillor Steve Ferguson's intent to donate his travel allowances to charities, why not forego that raise in travel allowance, give it back to the taxpayers, and let them decide for themselves what they would do with their own money in the first place.
In fact, if most council members, if not all, according to Coun. Ferguson, will be donating to charities, I believe we taxpayers should be the ones to determine which charities our individual tax dollars go to.
Most of us, unlike council members, do not get one-third of our salaries tax-free.
Moreover, for those of us who work for ourselves, we don't get paid sick leave, travel allowances, health benefits, dental plans, etc. which some people enjoy.
Thus, if that additional travel allowance are all going to charity, return it to the taxpayers and let us decide what we want to do with our own money.
We probably have different charities in mind.
The fact that the mayor received the Queen's Jubilee Medal is of no consequence to this issue. My husband, Jim Tallman, also received a QE II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his many years of service to the Immigrant Services Society of B.C., of which there is a new branch office in the City of Langley.
Patricia Tallman, Langley
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