majority of his friends and buddies in Metro Vancouver (who keep giving Green $300+ per meeting Metro Van committee appointments). In July, he obviously forgot who really elects him (i.e. the Township voters not his Metro Van cronies) because he was ready to saddle Township taxpayers with 2 cents a litre more Translink gas taxes although he refused to admit it even when asked several times in public and even when his Metro Van cronies revealed how they voted. He again tried to weasel and baffle-gab his way out in July.
In July, Councillor Kim Richter went on CKNW (listen to cknw audio archive link) to defend why the Township should not have to pay more gas taxes. According to Richter, the Township already forks out $40 million a year in both property and gas taxes to Translink yet gets nowhere near $40 million worth of service. Where was Mayor Green in this debate? In fact Mayor Green even voted against his council's request to have him return to the TransLink Mayors' Council and ask for reconsideration of a two-cent gas tax (read Langley Advance story here)! Why wasn’t he defending the Township? Richter’s arguments were also printed in the Langley Times (Langley Times link). We agree that Richter is right: No more taxes for Translink until Langley Township becomes an equal partner. Mayor Green should not be caving into Translink’s threats of building facilities in the township but not opening them, like the park & ride in Walnut Grove, etc. – especially not given what the Township puts into Translink’s coffers on an annual basis.
by LFP Editor