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

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Good news for Vancouver residents: Vancouver city council has passed a motion to hold property tax increases at 3.9%, the rate of inflation, or less. There had been fears that the new city council, dominated by the left-leaning COPE party, would follow city staff's recommedation to increase taxes 5.5% in order to cover increased operating costs and new programs approved by the previous council in 2002. Finance Committee chair Tim Louis said that council will look at reallocating resources in order to make up the gap between the council's preference for a more modest tax hike and the City's funding needs.

A nice surprise, if a bit unexpected. Most Vancouver observers, especially conservative ones, doubted COPE's election campaign claim that it wanted to keep tax increases at or below the rate of inflation. Perhaps the COPEsters will prove the doubters wrong in the end. But then what will Vancouver Sun bitch 'n moan artist Pete McMartin have to complain about, given that he's decided to be the COPE council's media antagonist? Who the hell cares? He doesn't even in live in Vancouver, having long ago bolted the city for Tsawwassen, the Lower Mainland's very own Little Rhodesia. So I would tell him to go to hell -- but he already lives there.
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