Surely money could be better spent elsewhere

It’s unfortunate cost of living raises don’t keep up with actual cost of living adjustments, such as five-per-cent-plus tax increases.

Editor, The News:

Re: Another tax hike for Maple Ridge (The News, Dec. 14).

It’s really unfortunate that cost of living raises don’t keep up with actual cost of living adjustments, such as five-per-cent-plus tax increases.

What astounds me is more than $1.5 million that’s going towards the fire department.

Another $700,000 for a new fire truck?

How many do we need?

Every time I drive by the two fire stations, there’s always plenty of trucks sitting there.

And what about the $850,000 of new money?

What’s this for?

Surely this money could be better spent elsewhere in the district, such as extra policing, and have the fire department maintain the status quo?

Lee Roberts

Maple Ridge