Times Colonist, letter from John Vukovic, September 07, 2010
Many people are upset with the harmonized sales tax and the impact this tax will have on their lives. For some it may be substantial, but for most it is really just a few extra dollars a year.
Because it is a consumption tax you can choose to buy an item or not. As for the tax dollars collected, they go toward paying for all the services our government provides, such as health care and education. These are direct benefits for all British Columbians.
Compare that to a billion-dollar sewage plant in Esquimalt that no one wants, scientific evidence says we don’t need, will not significantly improve the quality of the discharge liquids, will do nothing to stop contaminants from entering the system at the source, will not fix our antiquated infrastructure, will cost every household in greater Victoria up to $500 per year in additional property taxes and will not directly benefit us in any way.
Where is the petition to stop this gross misdirection of public policy and waste of my hard-earned tax dollars? Why do we sign a petition against a tax that doesn’t change 80 per cent of the items we purchase yet there is no revolt against $500 added to your property tax for something that will not benefit you?