EDITORIAL – Common sense forgotten in City council’s curling club decision
An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD is important in business but sometimes it can be a little too level.
For example, have you ever decided to go to the concession at the Kamloops Curling Club for a meal, instead of one of the many restaurants in town?
I doubt it. The curling club is a curling club with some food, not a restaurant with a curling club attached. But it will have to pay taxes as if it is.
City council yesterday did what it thinks is a favour to the club by withdrawing its permissive tax exemption for its food services and bar but leaving it in place for the rest of the Victoria Street building.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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