Amalgamation vote raises questions

I may not understand all the dollars and cents stuff that you’re talking about but I do know what I don’t want. Amalgamation

Your Oct. 13 front page headline is  ‘Unification’ push gathering steam.’ The second paragraph states that the findings thus far of the Society for the Future Governance of Greater Vernon or SFGGV for short is that unification is a better word.

That’s all they’ve found out so far? That it’s a better word?

And all the feedback has been positive. Really? Not one negative word. I find that hard to believe but be that as it may let me be the first then to offer some other side feedback.

Firstly, unification implies unity. On this issue? I don’t think so. From three districts and the city? Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.

Secondly I recall that there was much disquiet and rumblings after the Landing was amalgamated into the city. Can’t quite recall why but I’ll bet they would still have their own volunteer fire department, which was working quite well as I hear it.

Thirdly will my taxes go up? Probably. Will my utilities cost more? Will they bring city sewer up BX Road (which is where I live) and make me tie into it at great expense to myself. Possibly. Skip forward to the article in the Oct. 23 edition Morning Star page A7.

The article says support is growing. More than 2,000 signatures. From where? Break it down for us. How many from Coldstream, areas B and C? How many from Vernon?

And who picked the number 4,000 for the amount of signatures that are needed? Was that pulled from a hat? Give us some percentages of your feedback from the different areas.

You also said you wanted clarification from the honorable Eric Foster on his position. He already said in print that the province won’t force amalgamation.

We have to do our due diligence first and if there’s enough interest, then talk to the province.

That’s not clear enough?

You make it sound like your only thought is for the betterment of the citizens of Vernon, Coldstream and areas B and C.

And maybe the SFGGV has only our good in mind. Maybe but I doubt it.

I may not understand all the dollars and cents stuff that you’re talking about but I do know what I don’t want. Amalgamation.

Anyway that’s my feedback.

Gary Dyck

BX resident


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