Property assessments are higher than they should be, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

Property assessments are higher than they should be, says letter writer. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Assessments inflated

Higher property assessments will lead to higher taxes, says letter writer

To the editor,

Have you checked out your assessment yet? I suggest you do as soon as possible. The NDP government and John Horgan have taken it upon themselves to assess our homes with inflated real estate prices. This has never been done before. Assessment values and real estate prices have never been the same, until now.

The average home owner will be paying more in home taxes this year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay these exorbitant rates.

Landlords who will be scrambling to pay these excessive tax hikes will have to pass the cost on to their renters. Rents are already so high in B.C. that a lot of people will lose their homes, and if they can stay, will have to take their children to soup kitchens so they can eat. Those who own homes and lost their jobs will not be able to pay the taxes on their own homes; consequently, they will be homeless. We think we have a homeless problem now. Just wait.

Never before has any agency, landlord, etc., ever been able to do increases of more than a few percentage points. Was the government gearing us up for this for the past two years by making us learn compliance – to wear masks, to social distance, to lock down, and now compliance to pay whatever they deem?

Time is running out. We only have until Jan. 31 to dispute these outrageous assessments. I urge every home owner to dispute their assessments and do it now.

Carol Amyotte, Nanaimo

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