With Whistler visitors and property in the doldrums, the municipality has found one more way to discourage people from buying resort properties.
I am referring to the tax bill for five per cent of property taxes that arrived this week in my mailbox and that of a friend/fellow Whistler property owner. We mailed in our property taxes on June 12, a few days after receiving our bill.
Shortly thereafter, a Canadian postal strike occurred, ending June 27. The municipality cashed the cheque on July 6 (two days after the receipt deadline).
We have no way of knowing whether the delay was in the postal service or even in the municipal office, but the postal strike seems likely.
A five per cent charge is far out of proportion to the loss of two days of interest to the municipality and punishes us for the failings of a Canadian governmental agency (the postal service).
As part-time residents, we had no other way of paying any sooner.
We paid the bill promptly upon receipt specifically to avoid any mail delay. I think the municipality needs to find some way of obtaining an amnesty from the province for those whose payments were delayed by the postal strike.
Whistler cannot expect us to recommend purchasing property to our fellow Washingtonians when we are abused like this.
We have owned our home in Whistler since the winter of 88-89 and enjoy our time there, but this leaves a bitter taste.
Michael J Bishop
We want to work with RMOW
I would like to clarify some misconceptions recently reported regarding the Whistler Aggregates operation near Cheakamus Crossing and the work that Alpine Paving has performed in Whistler over the past 32 years.
The asphalt plant has been operating at its current location since 1997. At the time, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) informed Whistler Aggregates that appropriate zoning was in place to allow for asphalt manufacturing and processing, and no rezoning was required.
There is also confusion about the rezoning of the land buffer between Whistler Aggregates and Cheakamus Crossing. In March 2008, the provincial government, through the RMOW, asked Whistler Aggregates to consider exchanging a portion of our site - nearest the then-developing 2010 Olympic Athletes' Village - for land on the opposite side of our site. The objective was to create a buffer between the Athletes' Village and our quarry operation.
As a good corporate citizen and supporter of the Olympics, we agreed and invested $45,000 in various environmental and land studies as part of the required rezoning process. On August 17, 2010, RMOW staff recommended the rezoning in a report presented to Council. However, four councillors are opposing this rezoning application and attempting to force Whistler Aggregates out of business.
In addition, in late 2009 the RMOW requested that we move the asphalt plant 150-metres from its current location to create additional space between the plant and the residential community.
Whistler Aggregates agreed to invest approximately $2 million to purchase and install a new plant, which will meet the most stringent air emission standards in the province.