B.C. will introduce a harmonized sales tax of 12 per cent, replacing the PST and GST effective July 2010, Premier Gordon Campbell announced Thursday morning in Vancouver.
– Obtained from CBC Website. Article dated July 23, 2009.
“I think that before people start talking about tax increases, they should start talking about savings in their own organization,” said Campbell.
– Premier Gordon Campbell, regarding TransLink shortfall and plan for acquiring new revenues, August 1, 2009. Quote obtained from The Vancouver Sun.
Talk out of both sides of your mouth much, Mr. Premier?
The HST is effectively a tax increase for the average consumer. Many things that are now exempt from PST will see the entire new 12% tax put on it. Including things like strata fees.
Oh, and TransLink? You’re screwed.
TransLink had counted on boosting a tax on commercial parking spaces, which now brings in $18 million a year, to raise $57 million annually.
But because the parking tax is a sales tax, it is being eliminated and will be rolled into the HST when it is launched next July 1.
TransLink and transportation ministry officials were scrambling to find a way to fix the problem.
– Vancouver Sun, September 3, 2009.
Good thing there’s a review of operations happening at TransLink, eh? Oh, hey, I have a suggestion for you: reduce the number of (unelected) people on that decision-making board. There are nine members. You don’t need more than 5. That’ll cut the costs pretty much in half.
Oh and if they’re not physically present for a meeting? DON’T PAY THEM. That’s right folks – they get paid even if they only have virtual attendance.
Cross-posted at Wet Coast Women.