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A proposed tax increase of three per cent in Pitt Meadows isn't being welcomed by a pair of seniors who've petitioned the city for no spike on their municipal bills next year.
"We are going to keep going after development and diversify the tax bases, keep meeting with investors and go after all the grants we can," she said.
A former school board trustee, Murray started the petition in July after a staff report to council suggested general taxes will increase about four per cent annually for the next five years.
Fed up with annual tax increases, Murray wants the city to follow West Vancouver and Mission, cities which saw no increase in taxes in 2012. Abbotsford is also attempting a "near zero" tax increase for 2013.
Walters welcomed more participation in the budget process and stressed the city is constantly trying to find other sources of revenue.
Though low, the proposed increase is being panned by Tom and Norma Murray. The couple presented a petition with 1,300 signatures to council earlier this month, accompanied by speeches imploring the city to rein in spending and give property owners tax relief in 2013.
Her colleagues, however, believe it would be a waste of staff time and unrealistic to aim for no tax increase in 2013.
"I'm not saying we can reach that, but we haven't even tried."
"Everybody is getting the message [that] the public is fed up," said Elkerton.
Preliminary estimates predict a general tax rate increase of 2.13 per cent and a strategic capital adjustment of one per cent for the average homeowner, with a Air Jordan All Black 11 property valued at $383,716.
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"Now we get the opportunity to sit down during the budget meetings and try to achieve a zero," said Murray, who urged everyone who signed the petition to attend the sessions.
Elkerton noted even the City of Vancouver is aiming for one of the lowest tax increases in the region.
(for all classes) raises approximately $153,000 in revenue for the city, which has a proposed budget of $20 million in 2013.
At the very least, Murray wanted the city to complete a zero increase exercise, just to see where fat in the budget could be trimmed.
"I'm still going to fight for zero," said Murray.
"Staff was directed right from the get go to work hard to keep it down," she said.
Mayor Deb Walters assured residents that council has heard their calls for restraint.
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"Will we settle on what staff have recommended? Not necessarily."
and Dave Murray supported the petition's call for a zero tax exercise.
Murray and a group of concerned residents intend to attend budget meetings and scrutinize city spending. They also plan to recommend where money can be saved, eyeing Nike Jordan Boys
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