‘I would vote no’

TransLink sales tax hike of half per cent gets rough ride

Editor, The News:

I am only 17 years old, but I wish I could vote on the TransLink sale tax.

The CEO of TransLink is apparently worth $275,000 a year more then our premier, who is responsible for our whole province. That’s like paying an apprentice 243 per cent more than a journeyman.

About 40 per cent of TransLink security officers make $100,000 or more a year.

The inflated salaries and huge bonuses they get make me wish so bad I could vote against this tax. TransLink should be held accountable for its spending.

If TransLink brought down the inflated wages and got better control of spending, then almost everyone I know would probably vote yes.

We aren’t against better public transit. I’ve only been driving for less than a year.

I know how important public transit is. I know, though, that even if TransLink did tighten the belt on spending, the savings would not pay for the all the upgrades. But if its gets this extra sales tax without having to do any cuts to wages and spending, what do you think will happen? TransLink will just give itself higher wages and bigger bonuses. It should have to work harder for the extra money, just like how we will have to work harder to provide them with that money.

Austin Towne

Maple Ridge