Friday, September 23, 2005

Letter to the Regina Leader Post re: city workers strike

Nobody can organize a letter-writing campaign like the unions. For weeks the letters page of the Leader Post has been dominated by union members, organizers and supporters making the case for Regina city workers.

There has been scant mention of the most important stakeholder in all of this – the Regina taxpayer. The average taxpayer doesn’t spend a lot of time writing letters to newspapers because she is too busy working, driving the kids to soccer practice, or putting in over time to afford that much-needed home renovation.

The average taxpayer spends most of his time saving up for a down-payment on a house or struggling to make his car payment. For the most part, he or she is disengaged from the city labour dispute, except for the added hassles the strike brings.

This year city council hiked property taxes by four per cent, which is a bigger raise than most people will see this year. For most residents, this year’s reassessment brought an even bigger tax hike. Taxpayers are feeling the pain but seeing no gain, looking in despair at their pothole-filled roads knowing they won’t be fixed in this decade.

The unions say the dispute is about respect but where is the respect for the taxpayer who constantly pays more?

Union members often say “we’re taxpayers too” and they’re right.

However, their jobs are only made possible through the hard work and prosperity of all taxpayers. This should never be forgotten.

David MacLean, CTF Saskatchewan Director


Anonymous said...

Those dummies don't seem to realise that for their take home pay to go up, the ordinary taxpayer's has to go down. And a lot of taxpayers already take home less than the civic workers. Doesn't seem quite fair, does it?

Anonymous said...

If your taxes are too high, move to a smaller house. That way it won't impact my services.
I like your spin, taxes already went up 4%. That is 4% of 55% of your taxes, or 2.2%. According to recent studies the average income rose by more then that amount.
The "public" pools and fitness centres are too expensive, due to rate increases. My kids soccer rates have doubled, due to an increase in those fees. But god forbid my property tax increase by a few dollars every year.
As a wise man recently stated," Choice can not be monopolized by the wealthy." or would you prefer it that way ?

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