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Tax deadline coming up

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I’ve put it off, but it’s due tomorrow (or Friday, after the Canada Day holiday on Thursday): property taxes. There are some things I’m happy to get for my taxes. But the state of those off-leash parks, with spear-grass (“the generic term used for any wild grass that has barbed seeds”) growing rampant and left […]

Connect the dots: two articles by Miro Cernetig and Bob Ransford that should be read together

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The Vancouver Sun published two articles, nearly back-to-back, which make a lot of sense when read in conjunction: on March 22, we read Bob Ransford’s As cities become more complex, our taxes keep rising and on March 24 we read Milo Cernetig’s Approach to social woes a moral failure by all three main B.C. parties. […]

More thoughts on economic development, land use, zoning, quality of life…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

…courtesy of further reading in Robert L. Bish’s Local Government Organization in the Capital Region (and continuing somewhat from yesterday‘s entry). Bish is concerned with explaining the need for and importance of economic development in the region, which is a necessity for Victoria since it relies for over half of its property tax revenue on […]

“Show, don’t tell”: what municipal government can learn from good fiction

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Local Government Organization in the Capital Region is the name of a very useful 35-page report written in 1999 by Dr. Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. Bish effectively argues against amalgamation (what other places call the unicity concept, municipal reform, or consolidation movements), and show that generally, the process doesn’t […]

“Victoria’s choice”: my foray into critiquing municipal infrastructure funding

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

It’s up — my second article is up on the Vibrant Victoria website. It’s called Victoria’s Choice: to be or not to be …is not the question. While it’s about the problem of municipal infrastructure funding in Canada generally, I try to address specifically the situation in Victoria. That is, Victoria’s choice not “to be […]

Could culture marketing go into overdrive?

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

This could get tricky or messy or both. CEOs for Cities’ blog entry, To Tax or Not to Tax?, shines a light on the (potential?) problem of non-profit organizations having tax-exempt status. In the US, collectively over 23 cities, non-profits represent ~$1.5b in “lost” tax revenue, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. CEOs for Cities […]

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