Opinion

South of Fraser is sick of being Vancouver's 'pocketbook'

Editor: Regarding the article ‘TransLink vehicle levy back on mayors’ agenda,’ (The Times, Jan. 22).

I was dismayed to read about the possibility of yet more tolls, congestion taxes in downtown Vancouver or a vehicle levy of $120 per vehicle.

Do they not want people to be able to visit Vancouver on a regular basis? Who benefits most from these taxes — Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond:  those that have the luxury because of existing transportation to carry out their daily business — be it work or play — without a car.  It is certainly not those south of the Fraser River.

But, once again, who is going to be paying more money into these areas if this proposal comes to fruition?

Improved efficiency is usually what is done by private business to improve the bottom line. They do not just throw more money onto the pile.  People south of the Fraser usually own more cars per household and would be taxed disproportionately to those in areas where transportation is readily available and a car not necessary.

I am sure I do not just speak for myself when I say we are sick to death of being the pocketbook of those north of the Fraser.

Graham Bryan

Langley

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