Support for city's tax decision

Re: ''Kudos to Taylor, shame on Fort St. John', Letters, Alaska Highway News, May 14, 2020

I’m going to start calling out tax whiners as non patriotic. Because what’s more patriotic than paying taxes to support your city, province, and country. Paying taxes isn’t being naive about money or being swindled. It’s our payment to the collective pot for maintaining and building our society. And if you think the government is all crooks stealing our money, please opt out of our collective system completely and stop using our roads, bridges, parks, streets, hospitals, schools, airports, public transportation, medical clinics, city public facilities, etc.

Personally as someone who is paying property taxes in FSJ, I would totally be okay with charging user fees to people of surrounding communities who don’t pay FSJ property taxes for using recreation, library and other city owned facilities and programs. Then the lower taxes of surrounding communities wouldn’t seem so cheap after all.

— Donna Bear Halbert, via Facebook

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I support the City of Fort St. John on their decision. The rates did not raise, they just stayed the same. We have more infrastructure to maintain than the District of Taylor. A tax cut that substantial would not be possible.

— Matt Crompton, via Facebook

I second this. Everyone has this entitled opinion that everything should be given to them for free during this pandemic. Our rates aren't even bad compared to many other cities and as stated, we have waaaaay more infrastructure to maintain. The people demanding lower rates would be the first to complain when things fall apart.

— Kevin Ryan Moore, via Facebook

Well with the state of the roads in FSJ and the fact they are wanting to build a new RCMP station I’d say keep the taxes the same. Less taxes = less money for services.

— Robyn Neufeldt, via Facebook

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