Candidate profile: Alan MacBean

Alan MacBean is running for Cranbrook city council.

  • Nov. 14, 2014 2:00 p.m.

“Help your City to Lower Taxes”.

When we moved here in 2010, we determined that Cranbrook offered the best deal in BC, relative to house prices.  Against our realtor’s advice, we chose to live inside the city boundary in order to pay more tax, since we thought we should contribute to the community.  As you know, taxes in town are about twice those outside the city.  They are about three times as high as we paid on the Coast.

Are they too high in any objective sense?  I believe that is for you to decide.  In terms of attracting people and businesses, Cranbrook competes with every other community.  Better tax rates would be a factor in future job growth for our city, not just for your children and grandchildren, but also to expand the tax base for all the things that the city desires to do, including services for seniors, which I am counting on!

All of the candidates have interesting ideas, and I share many of them, but we have differing opinions about taxation.  I know that lowering taxes is a choice.  It should be your choice to make.  Please consider making one vote in that direction.