Advance View: Pro or con just make sure to vote on transit tax

Tick, tock. Time is running out.

Those in favour of the Metro Vancouver transportation and transit plebiscite and a new transit tax have been very vocal in this spring’s campaign, taking a dog-and-pony show on the road to communities throughout the region and spending crazy money telling us all why we need to vote “yes” in this mail-in referendum.

Of course, out here in the Valley, that  concerted effort has been met with a bit of backlash from some. Consequently, the red “no” signs continue popping up around town and a few opposing restaurants have gone as far to include their views on the bottoms of each bills. That’s just mentioning a few methods the opponents are using to get their message out.

Bottom line, wherever you fall on this issue, we simply ask two things.

Please spend a bit of time and educate yourself on the subject. And, make sure you vote. Complacency is definitely not the answer.

Good news, if you haven’t received your voters package, there’s still time to request one. But that time is fast running out.

More than 1.5 million voting packages were sent out to homes in the 23 affected municipalities back in March, and for those who still don’t have one or have lost theirs, they need to call 1-800-661-8683 before midnight Friday, May 15.

A few weeks back, Elections BC, which is administering the vote, said about half a million of those ballots had already come back.

In Langley City,  of the 17,531 eligible voters, 6,825 (or 38.9 per cent) have actually voted already. Likewise, of the Township’s 77,780 eligible voters, Elections BC already received packages from 32,583 of us (or 41.9 per cent).

Elections BC must receive the completed ballots before 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Langleyites, those of you 18 years or older before the deadline day, make sure you cast your vote.

This proposed taxation, either way, will significantly impact our community’s future.

– R.H.

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