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This letter is in response to the letter published in The Morning Star on Oct. 27 (Greater Vernon is over governed).
It is very arrogant of a former city councillor to tell the taxpayers of Coldstream that they should give up their chosen form of governance and join the City of Vernon.
He should have learned from the debates of 2008 (see clips athttp://coldstreamernews.blogspot.ca/2013/09/amalgamation-dialogue-with-politicians.html) that these debates do not work unless each one of the jurisdictions agree to proceed based on demonstrated, tangible benefits to each.
As a Coldstream resident I get the services I need: water from GVW, sewer services for which I pay the going rate to the city of Vernon and the collection fees to Coldstream, I pay my share for recreation, culture etc. for which I pay the regional district.
My property taxes in 2013 were 10.25 per cent lower than it would have been had my property been located in the city (that's about $290 in real figures).
You may think Vernon is over governed and that you have to take up with your council.
Coldstream is not over governed and tries to keep taxes at a level its taxpayers can afford.
So do not covet our way of life from the outside. If you wish to join Coldstream you may purchase a property and move to Coldstream. Otherwise let us live as we please.