Taxpayers keep city businesses afloat

NANAIMO – Re: Company pulls out of Nanaimo marina deal, April 16.

To the Editor,

Re: Company pulls out of Nanaimo marina deal, April 16.

First the hotel deal  at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre collapses, now the marina.

No doubt some people, like our mayor, will blame the negative attitude of many residents. Perhaps he’ll eventually get the message that we’re fed up with deals that benefit only businesses and developers.

The people who make the financial wheels of the city turn are the residents. We’re the ones who keep businesses going, not tourists or conference delegates.

We’re the ones who pay taxes and spend thousands of dollars each year on food, clothing, entertainment, transportation, etc.

Conference centres, hotels, cruise ship facilities and private marinas will never generate more than a tiny fraction of what we spend locally.

Nanaimo exists first and foremost for its residents. City council and other public bodies should always keep this in mind.

Gregory Roscow

Nanaimo