LETTER – Postpone Bill 1861 (Fire Hall) Referendum

Mayor Ron Toyota & Council are racing to a referendum to borrow money for the proposed new fire hall

On December 16, 1773, the course of history was changed forever when American colonists boarded three ships in the Boston Harbour and tossed tea overboard in protest of crippling new “tea” taxes.

Creston is due for its own little tea party. Mayor Ron Toyota and Council are racing to a referendum to borrow money for the proposed new fire hall.

Costs are unclear – somewhere between 5.3 and 6.1 million dollars (what’s a measly $800,000?) but even though costs are unclear, and even though Creston citizens have not endorsed the location, price, or plan for the hall, the Town wants borrowing approved for late 2017 or early 2018. They want to hold the referendum in December. Is the “rush-to-ref” because they don’t want you to ask too many questions about what it is going to cost you, the taxpayer?

STOP THEM! A referendum costs approximately $25,000. This is our money. We are scheduled for a civic election in October of 2018. Demand the town pair the referendum with that.

And let’s toss a few Creston politicians – who are just a little too free with our money – overboard at the same time.

Despite glossy and expensive ads (paid for by us) the Fire hall Project needs a complete rethink. Exercise your power as a citizen of Creston.

Sign the petition currently being circulated. Talk to your mayor and councilors about your concerns. Be part of the grass roots uprising of colonists, er, Crestonites who are standing firm. Come to the next meeting of the “Vote No to 1861, Don’t Raise Taxes” at Jimmy’s Pub Banquet Room, Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30.

Respectfully,

Collette Caron, Creston BC

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