Q7: 20 Questions for Langley Township Council candidates

Rick Green (for MAYOR) – No, property taxes are an unfair source of taxation for transit. It should be based on the user formula but as I said above only after adequate service is provided and available to our residents. Suggesting that we are going into a 10 yr. or 20 yr. plan to receive the service we have been paying for years is unfair and unacceptable.

Solon Bucholz – YES. Yet, Township residents are already contributing a substantial portion to Translink and are receiving little in return. Being taxed more does not ensure we will actually receive anything in return. I would only support this if the increased tax were solidified with a clear, concise and approved action plan to improve transportation in the township. Not just empty promises.

Bev Dornan – All the above (Q4-Q7) are methods of raising the funds needed to develop the transit needs. What is the most fair and is contributed by all seems to me to be property taxes, as all would pay some, and not just those driving the roads.

Zoshia Ettenberg – No. My question is our transit seems to be worst in the in greater Vancouver – why do we have to pay for everything considering we have been paying for their transit all along and now in order to improve ours we need to pay more, If we have to increase our property taxes to pay for it then all the other communities need to increase theirs. 

Clint Lee – Yes, a small increase should be borne by everyone in Metro Vancouver.  In order to get certain services, we unfortunately have to pay for it.

Jackie Mandzak – No. We currently do not receive an equal benefit for the input we give to Translink.  I do not feel that, at this time, we should be increasing our input to Translink when the Township is currently underserved in favour of other areas. 

Scott Nichols – No. Translink, I believe, is top heavy and has too many financial issues that need to be dealt with before property taxes are raised. 

Angie Quaale – No. There are other ways that need to be explored first. 

Michelle Sparrow – No. In my opinion increasing property taxes is not the best solution to our transit funding, I would be much more supportive of an option which has a direct link to driving and transit use, such as a small toll on all of our local bridges or time of day road pricing, these have a twofold effect of collecting funds while also changing driving habits which is more effective in the long run.

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