Mayor Candidate: Ian Wickett responds – What’s your position on cutting costs as opposed to maintaining or increasing the municipal tax rate?

City of Salmon Arm: Wickett, Ian - mayor candidate

  • Nov. 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Tax revenues need to be sufficient to pay for the services needed or desired and to ensure sufficient funds are available for the long-term maintenance of assets.

In common with almost everyone, I prefer lower taxes. However, I also want well-maintained and operated municipal services. It is a constant balancing act and a practical one. Severe tax increases are a disruption and should be avoided whenever possible.

The important thing to remember is that we can’t have municipal services without municipal taxes.