I have been lobbying Maple Ridge council to get our residential taxes under control ever since the "downtown core" unlawful activity in the early part of the past decade.
Thankfully, Gordy Robson was able to afford to see that fiasco all the way through to the Supreme Court, where it was ruled to be ultra vires - without legal conformity.
They never listen.
In Maple Ridge we have seen successive council candidates promise to keep taxes as low as possible. Once elected, some of these people act like they have been given the keys to the vault.
Over the years people such as Tom Murray [Pitt man lobbies for zero, Jan. 17, TIMES] and I have tried to reason with these elected mayors and councillors, by way of petition and/or writing letters to the editor, but it goes in one ear and out the other.
This past election did result in the victories of Corisa Bell and one other councillor whose name eludes me at the moment (you have to excuse me, I tend to go blank when I am infuriated). They have been trying to get our taxes under control, but they are rookies.
I believe what actually happens is that the mayor and council are the "tip of the spear," and the bureaucrats are the people pushing the agenda. This results in rookie politicians being afraid to open their mouths about many issues which cause taxes to increase, because they are afraid to look stupid to the public.
That leads to bad government, such as we witnessed in the downtown core redevelopment scandal. But after the courts ruled in favour of Gordy Robson (the taxpayers), the law had no provisions which could be used to punish idiot politicians who caused the outrageous mess for which we are still paying.
We waste our time, because they will not listen, but the day will come when there will be a palace revolt, throughout B.C., against these scoundrels who lie to get elected and then don't want to hear anything from the electorate.
Gordy Robson once explained how he would try to get results as mayor, but it always turned out the council would rubber stamp the decisions of the bureaucrats. You can't get a better eye witness to the goings on behind closed doors than a former mayor.
Mike Boileau, Maple Ridge