Erickson resident collecting signatures against alternative approval process

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To the Editor:

(Open letter to Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B director John Kettle)

As a taxpayer in your area, I have a few questions:

Who put forth the tax proposal for the Pet Adoption and Welfare Society? How much money will it raise at current rates? Why do proponents not have to get the support of 10 per cent of the electorate to get it on the ballot?

How much did the Advance advertisements cost? Is the Advance circulation of 2,600 to 3,500 only one-third of voters by your count? How many readers actually read these long-jargoned ads? Why were flyers not sent out?

I walked my immediate neighbourhood and presented the ad to my fellow taxpayers and asked 36 people to sign the petition. Thirty-five signed it. How does that add up with the 10 per cent rule?

John Haley

Erickson