No tax protest from MIMC

  • Jun. 19, 2009 7:00 p.m.

The Moresby Island Management Committee will not be protesting the new tax Sandspit property owners have to pay towards the Misty Isles Economic Development Society, saying the correct process was followed and that the dollar amount to be paid by each homeowner is not that much. Committee member Gord Usher made a motion at the group’s June 18 meeting that they write a letter asking the regional district to rescind the tax, as the Tlell Committee has done. But his motion was defeated by a tie vote 2-2. Committee member Warren Foster said as far as he knew, due process had been followed when the regional district voted to impose the tax, and he wasn’t sure it was appropriate for the committee to challenge that decision. Individual taxpayers have the right to express their opinions about the tax to the regional district, he said. But the committee has to be sure it is representing the views of all Sandspit residents and Mr. Foster said he didn’t have enough information to know if opposing the tax would be what the community wanted. “We must make a decision that represents the community,” he said. Committee chair Travis Glasman, who’s also the regional district director who helped put the tax in place, said that although the correct process was followed, it was unfortunate that the regional district did not have more time to work on this year’s budget. With a few more weeks, it might have been possible to find a different solution than to tax residents of Sandspit and rural Graham Island, he said.