May 4, 2000, North VancouverAn ill-conceived proposal for a 0% tax increase will seriously jeopardize services in the area of road maintenance, sidewalks, curb and gutter improvements, sign replacement, green waste collection and disposal, transportation and city planning as well as potential cuts in parks and field maintenance according to the CUPE members, in local 389 the front line people who provide the services to District of North Vancouver residents.
Cindy McQueen, President of CUPE Local 389 warned individual citizens and taxpayers as well as groups who depend on the facilities to “be prepared for some serious erosion of services, increased costs in everything from road repair and sidewalk maintenance and sanitation she warned.
McQueen noted that in average, property taxes in the District of North Vancouver are considerably less than many surrounding communities. “The district cannot continue to provide quality water, street lights, sidewalks, parks, sewer management, garbage collection and disposal, recreational services, and libraries without a tax increase.”
McQueen and the CUPE members she represents are calling upon District councilors to consider the affect that cutting services will have on the quality of life in the District of North Vancouver. “Councilors Ernie Crist, Bill Denault, Heather Dunsford and Doug MacKay will have to bear the responsibility for the cuts and I am calling upon them to consider quality of life represented by a small tax increase.”
Cindy McQueen, President CUPE Local 389