Opinion

Two prior Westside votes forgotten

To the editor:

Amid all the clamor surrounding the amalgamation versus incorporation issue, not just one, but two recent historic truths remain somewhat suppressed. Prior to the 2007 referendum, Westbank (Area H) had twice before soundly rejected incorporation.

Following the last defeat the powers that be, spearheaded by (Westside regional director) Aaron Dinwoodie, very aggressively rammed through the amalgamation of what had been Area G (Kelowna’s Westside) and Area H, (Westbank/Glenrosa) into one big, not-so-happy family. Hmmm, seems like amalgamation wasn’t such a dirty word in that instance.

With that change we were told we would be blessed with three rather than two councilors. What we really got was two and slightly more than another half, as Mr. Dinwoodie has missed more than a third of the regional district meetings, and now thinks he should be mayor.

For the newbie incorporation supporters who are not so kindly telling the objectors to incorporation to sit down, shut up and live by the results of the 2007 referendum vote, how be it that you are not content to live by, not one, but two previous referenda soundly renouncing incorporation for Westbank? Is it because in the previous referenda, Westbank would have been required to go it alone, without including what is, practically speaking, Kelowna’s Westside?

And, now the $100 million plus required to build the new Westbank fiefdom can be foisted upon Kelowna’s Westside residents too.

In addition, with little or no tax and minimal infrastructure revenues from the runaway developments on the First Nations Reserves, the tax increases for Westside residents will be astronomical. Fasten your seat belts folks, because we are in for one of the wildest tax rides imaginable.

Edward G. Rektor, Lakeview Heights

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