The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, October 21, 2002

Lower Mainland resdidents split on taxes, services

Boy, that's gotta piss off the ideologues on the Vancouver Sun's editorial board something fierce.

In all seriousness, a recent Sun/Ipsos-Reid poll shows that Lower Mainland residents are split on whether, when budget crunches arise, cities should raise taxes or cut services. Either way, there's 47% support, with 6% undecided.

Vancouver and Burnaby voters are most likely to be okay with higher taxes; given that property tax rates are fairly low in those two cities, perhaps that's not too surprising. Voters in those two cities were more likely to say that their governments were performing well; about 60% of respondents in those cities said that their city government was doing a fairly good or very good job. However, the number of people polled in those two cities was only 240: good for about a +/- 6.3% margin of error, but too small to split into Vancouver and Burnaby responses.

And, for your amusement, the "Security" issues poll, again conducted by Ipsos-Reid for the Sun. Enjoy.
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