Re: “Mayor defends PIB partnership” (Herald, Jan. 7).
To paraphrase “The City desperately needed an opportunity to transform good intentions into a tangible relationship that would attract jobs and investment.”
Why was the PIB ignored at the onset of the Skaha Lake Park marina and waterslide deal? They came in very late in the game. City Hall was talking vibrancy, more jobs, more tourists and more money then too. Why did they not take that opportunity to work with PIB on a waterslide location? So now it’s time to work with PIB?
“To be very clear this is an excellent deal for the taxpayers of the City of Penticton,” says the mayor.
Yes, we get all that ever increasing revenue. We’d get that anyway wouldn’t we? Yes, the casino stayed within the city limits. How? Yes, the City is giving part of that revenue away.
Why? Is that the cost to keep the casino within city limits? No matter how much money it is or who gets it, when you give part of it away you no longer have the benefit of that money. Police, city staff, firefighters, city services and programs, maintenance to public buildings and infrastructure, by mayor and council’s own admission, need money. So their plan is get money back from the firefighters, raise taxes and give HLG money away to the PIB. Why? It will attract industry we are told.
Someone should mention industry needs access to rail or cheap transportation, needs cheap power, cheap water, cheap land and lots of it. Does that sound like Penticton?
Perhaps we all need to ask more questions.