Letter – Why not one big municipality?

Letter to the editor that appeared in the Grand Forks Gazette newspaper on Nov. 26, 2014.

Editor, The Gazette:

On Nov. 5, a letter was published saying “Isn’t right to deny vote in the city.” I live in the city and when I use services provided by the regional district such as the swimming pool or the arena, I must pay a user fee.

Also if I take waste to the landfill site, I pay an exorbitant fee for garden waste or branches, material they compost and use to bury the garbage, saving them from digging sand for that purpose.

Sometime I use the roads maintained by the regional district but otherwise I receive nothing from the district that I can see.

On my $2,048 2014 tax bill, there is $463 for “regional services tax” and I cannot vote at the regional district, I have checked with friends in Area D and they do not pay taxes to Grand Forks.

This does not seem fair either. Maybe we can make this one big municipality where everybody can vote for any of the candidates.



Paul Pinard,

Grand Forks

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