Is everyone in Abbotsford paying their fair share of school taxes, and helping alleviate some of the enormous costs associated to providing an education?
Enter the monster home issue that is starting to gain a great deal of notoriety.
Monster homes are springing up by the thousands everywhere in the Greater Vancouver area, and they are intended to provide accommodation to multiple families where numerous school-aged children abound.
All of these homes, whether they be monster or conventional, are assessed one school tax and if they are situated on a farm that amount would be next to nothing.
Compare this to an elderly couple who are living in their home struggling to make ends meet on a limited income while faithfully paying all of their taxes without any appreciable breaks.
I believe the idea of homes housing multiple families is a tax loophole that has to be changed immediately.
The definition of any good community is a place where everyone pitches in, and how anyone has the audacity to resort to such a scheme, whether it is legal or otherwise, is beyond me.
This is a major problem that our city fathers chose to ignore – perhaps to earn votes – however, it is now a wonderful opportunity for anyone aspiring to run in the next municipal or provincial elections to come forward and facilitate a solution.
That alone ought to earn them a seat in public office real quick.
It is essential that everyone living in those multiple family homes has to start paying their fair share of school taxes, and I would go a step forward and demand that they pay all those back taxes that they owe to our community as well.
That ought to more than resolve our current fiscal difficulties.