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Editor:

Will someone please explain to all Kamloopsians, in plain English, why it has become more expensive to operate this city merely because property values have soared?

What is the justification in raising property taxes simply because some formula allows it to happen?

I realize that with all the new developments in town, there are now more roads to be plowed, garbage to be picked up and infrastructure to be maintained.

But the increases in taxes paid on developed property, as opposed to raw land, should significantly help offset any increases, whether necessary or desired.

The proposed increases do not have to be accepted as inevitable, but should instead be strongly opposed unless a clear and compelling reason is given to the residents of Kamloops as to why the city needs more money to operate.

John Wishnevski

Kamloops

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