By Walter Neufeld. As you are aware, the City of Abbotsford is still considering a 17.5 million tax dollar give-away to YMCA. That money is the tip of the YMCA public money giveaway iceberg, so-to speak.
The City’s well documented fiscal mismanagement is the root cause of property taxes that now tower above most of its significant neighbouring municipalities.
Some Councillors unrepentantly dispute those facts with nonsensical responses that are an embarrassment to the dignity of their electoral responsibilities. When pressed for supporting facts, they become silent.
YMCA, on the other hand, has shown a profound disdain for Abbotsford taxpayers’ plight so far. It prefers to ask and answer only its own promotional questions while refusing to address taxpayers’ actual expressed concerns.
It is currently appealing for community support while failing to provide the transparency needed to make informed decisions. The lack of critically relevant information in conjunction with poor information analysis appears to be the same mix of ingredients that drove City Council’s previously disastrous fiscal decisions.
I believe Abbotsford’s citizens deserve more respect but am doubtful it will happen under existent conditions.
Below is an Informational Public Notice that will be published in local paper(s) starting Feb 28.
Silence is no longer an option. Our community’s trust has been abused and that message must get through to Council. Taxation without representation must stop now.
Remember, Council views your silence as its consent.