One source of funding that appears to be the “elephant in the room” is charging an EV road tax. Either a flat annual rate or by kilometres-of-use.
Since the gasoline tax income is dropping as EV uptake increases, this only makes sense. Also, as the additional weight of EVs causes additional wear and tear on road and bridge infrastructure this should be a no-brainer.
Other progressive jurisdictions are implementing EV road taxes, such as Washington state and New Zealand. I’m sure research would add to this list.
EVs are the future, but have to pay to play, as do all of us.
Steve Campbell, Maple Ridge
Re: Fraser Valley treatment of septic tank liquid facilities under strain due to population growth
Start the solution now to this expanding problem by extending Langley’s existing GVRD sewer hook-up to all of Langley. Langley’s 200 St. GVRD sewer line at present runs south to the U.S. border. Put the cost of this on Langley’s taxpayers spread over 25 years.
James Charles, Langley
Re: Traffic safety is two-way street.
One very important thing not mentioned by these otherwise excellent postings is that all pedestrians and drivers need to put their hoodies down. Nothing else is as dangerous when crossing a street or driving a car than not having good peripheral vision. Having a hoodie up and looking at your phone while crossing the street is a sure recipe for a painful disaster.
Jeff Laurie, Langley
Eby’s private property sale is his business
So what if Premier David Eby made a $150,000 profit on the sale of his property in 2019. I bought my house for $65,000 in 1976 and it was assessed at $2,100,000 two years ago. What he does with his private property is his business.
Brian Barnes, Steveston
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