Commuter resents mayors’ implications

Saanich resident argues he is not a freeloader on Victoria's dime

Re: Victoria and Esquimalt mayors call for regional cost-sharing for policing (News online),

As a resident of Saanich who is employed in Victoria, I guess I am one of the freeloaders Mayor Fortin is perturbed about. Though when I am loitering around I am spending money at coffee shops, restaurants, book stores and many other retailers at least five days a week.

If the property taxes of surrounding municipalities are hit when they don’t get to see the economic benefit of hosting “two-thirds of the population of Greater Victoria on any given day,” (that was a complaint, really?) then I will simply have to take as much of my business as possible elsewhere.

What’s next? Are mayors Fortin and Desjardins going to start handing out invoices at Ogden Point to greet all the tourists coming off the cruise ships?

“Spend money in our city? How dare they!”

Paul Rokeby-Thomas

Saanich

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