Tuesday, February 28, 2006

In today's Langley Advance - Tuesday February 28, 2006

The $34 million 200th Street overpass is sinking! So who's at fault and who's gonna pay?

Langley City Council led by local merchant and Councillor Terry Smith are up in arms about the Translink parking tax plan and plan to send a letter to Translink complaining about it. Notice that they are completely ignoring our illustrious Township Mayor who is on the Translink Board. Another snub? Or, maybe do they question his effectiveness in helping? Or, are they just staying away from Township Council?

Langley City once again proves they are head and shoulders above their Township neighbours in prudent money management planning. Since GVRD is raising it's water levies by 24.3 per cent in 2007, 5.3 per cent in 2008, 7.8 per cent in 2009, and 2.5 per cent in 2010, City Council just increase their water users an additional 85 cents per cubic metre. They can do so as they prudently and wisely installed water meters throughout the City years ago. (Also, it's a great water conservation motivator!) Now let's watch the Township increase our taxes across the board for the same reason because a large segment of the Township uses GVRD water. Even if you are on a well, we bet you will pay the increases too (probably through the Stormwater Levy)!

The Editor has two editorials today. In the first one, it seems he questions why we ever brought the money sink hole Olympics to Vancouver in 2010. Give him credit for guts, for being critical of 2010! The second editorial basically agrees with an earlier opinion by LFP that Township should get on with it and get over the break up with the City. The comments from some members of Council reminds us of a jilted partner who is moping around in shock and almost stalking their ex lover with a carrot and a stick to see who they will date next, ever hopeful to renew their vows! Rightfully so the Advance Editor seems to us to chastise both veteran Councillor Steve Ferguson and rookie Councillor Jordan Bateman for their almost childish reactions to the split which we agree in itself truly reaffirms to the City why they should stay away from the gaggle of goofs at Township. Did we mention Township's stellar financial performance over the last six years as another valid reason for keeping a financial distance?

Finally failed City Council candidate Rudy Storteboom wrote a letter that gushes about the Gateway Program.

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