Blueback Drive Community Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Blueback Drive Community Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Park purchase shows region needs to better control its spending

Letter writer says he will probably never visit community park that he’s helping to pay for

To the editor,

Re: RDN purchasing land to expand oceanside park in Nanoose Bay, March 2.

The first point I would like to make is that if only 23 people registered opposition to this purchase, then the RDN is sadly lacking in its responsibility to advertise this purchase. I live in the RDN, my taxes go up every year and this is first I am hearing of it. As RDN’s spending also affects my tax rate, I would have liked to have known about this plan.

The property in question costs $1,065,500 for an addition to a very small park that is actually listed as a ‘community park,’ so I will be paying for an expense for a park (interest owing for 20 years) that in all likelihood I will probably never visit.

The RDN is going the way of the Island Trust which ramps its spending up every year even though the denizens are against the level of spending that is going on. It is time all levels of government get their excessive spending under control in this age of ever-higher inflation rates that drive the cost of everyday living to the limits for the average home owner and home-owning out of reach for more and more people.

Rod Hancock, Nanaimo

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