EDITORIAL – Time to stop shifting city taxes onto shoulders of homeowners

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

NOBODY WOULD DENY the importance of heavy industry to the economy of Kamloops but when it comes to taxes, who comes first — homeowners or industry?

The Kamloops Voters Society is questioning a years-long trend by City Hall to decrease the share of taxes paid by heavy industry and shift it on to the shoulders of residential properties.

The society makes some excellent points. In a letter to Kamloops City council this week, it says residents are bearing the brunt of property tax increases.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at


TEASER: City council has been shifting the tax burden from heavy industry onto homeowners, and it’s time to stop…. That argument… on the Armchair Mayor.

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Time to stop shifting city taxes onto shoulders of homeowners

  1. Mel, maybe you should think a bit more and comment on the situation where industrial tax rate helps that industry to decide to wrap it up here and let the tax burden fall on whoever else is around to pay the bills, namely, you and I and the “general public” living and trying to work here.

  2. It will be interesting to see how you will manage the public uproar when service levels decrease…because the voracious appetite for money from the leviathan called the City of Kamloops will not be easily placated.

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