Support local first

My money will continue to support our local farmers and the friendly atmosphere of Sidney and Brentwood Bay

I’ve just learned (PNR, April 4) our taxes will be going up by 3.11 per cent. Paying taxes is the fair thing to do but I’m reminded of Mayor Bryson’s cavalier comment (PNR, Feb 26) about Jesken Centre, “that money is already going to big box stores, we might as well keep it here.”

It’s not staying here for the well being of our community, unless the Tsawout First Nation is going to be paying taxes to Central Saanich. By allowing this development to go through, it will change the Peninsula forever. Jesken Centre will be a huge hit in the gut to our local farmers who work extremely hard and, of course, their taxes are going up too. My money will continue to support our local farmers and the friendly atmosphere of our homegrown stores and restaurants in Sidney and Brentwood Bay, who really are committed to our communities.

Marie Logan

Saanichton