Middle-income families overburdened by taxes

Looks as if middle-income families are the ones being made to pay for all the early Christmas gifts and vote-getting.

To the Editor,

With all the tax exemptions approved by Nanaimo council, is anyone left to pay for the $9-million Linley Park purchase, the $4.6 million going to the theatre or the $2.8-million and still rising costs of the Colliery dams debacle? Owners of the two proposed downtown hotels won’t have to pay taxes for a decade, either.

Looks as if middle-income families are the ones being made to pay for all the early Christmas gifts and vote-getting. Municipal, provincial and federal government buildings are tax-exempt. So, too, are churches and just about all non-profit groups. As long as middle-income residents stay quiet, we are the ones left to pay for everyone else’s free ride.

S.D. MarsdenNanaimo