Salt Spring Island is in the middle of an incorporation study. Basically the study will look at the pros and cons of Salt Spring going from and unincorporated area into a municipality.
Here is a copy of the Preliminary report; 2015-10-30 SSI Incorporation Study Preliminary Report FINAL
Today I went to the open house and taped the presentation for you, here it is;
Nov 22, 2015 open house Fulford
My question is at the 57:20 mark.
Here is the Q&A portion from the presentation in Ganges on the 23 Nov 2015.
I have mixed feeling about incorporation. The government model we have now seems so broken but sometimes I wonder if it’s just the model or the people running the model. My big concerns are property taxes paid for services rendered. June and I have had our property taxes go from a low of $380 to the current $3500 or so over the last 15 years. Most of these increased have gone to our library, pool and fire department. On Salt Spring we are not getting a ton of services for what we pay and I think I’m paying too much now and do not want to pay more. No one wants to pay more. Will a municipality cost us more or not is basically up in the air. No one really knows. Is the system we have now that broken it can’t be fixed? You tell me.
Here is a link to the official Incorporation site
Cheers Scott Simmons