Councillor responds to Sophie Salva’s letter

Revelstoke councillor Steve Bender responds to Sophie Salva's letter about her sewage problem.

Editor,

In response to Sophie Salva’s letter on taxes and her sewage system issue (Sewage issue stings after seeing city salaries, July 9, 2014).

Having to decide on sticking to the Local Government Act was one of the most difficult calls council has had to make. In such an issue, it feels right to say this is not fair to a citizen who seems to carry no blame for the blockage. If it were I in the same position, my first and probably second response would be the same.

The third and final consideration falls into the category of council being the elected guardian of your tax dollars. (Although I am sure many of us may not feel that way at tax time.) Fortunately, the act provides for guards against having to spend your tax dollars to pay for many things that are not the city’s fault or financial responsibilities (ie; your responsibility as a taxpayer), such as: it is not a municipalities’ responsibility to clear snow from the mouth of driveways or shovel downtown sidewalks in front of privately owned buildings, pay to remove an illegal sign or, cover damages for which an insurer will not pay. (Some things do get paid for by the city because polls say a vast majority of taxpayers want it.)

I feel Sophies’ sense of unfairness. For the city to pay would be the empathetic thing to do, but speaking for myself it didn’t quite fit the criteria of the most fair decision for the greatest number. (It’s) the type of decision city staff and management have to make many times a day… always a tough call to make.

Steve Bender.

Councillor, City of Revelstoke

 

Just Posted

Revelstoke art projects receive funding from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Over 150 projects in total recieved $750,000 around the province

Update: Father calls for better drug recognition after 8-year-old overdoses at Okanagan school

The young child ingested an unknown substance Wednesday at a Kelowna school

Attendence at Summer Street Fest roughly same as 2018

The annual festival started in the 1990s

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: Penticton fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

EDITORIAL: This is our election

It is up to the voting public to identify the issues in the upcoming federal election

B.C. company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Most Read