REPORTING · 26th March 2010
This letter is to address the concern I have over a recent decision by this council to give away free Tamitik passes to laid off Eurocan workers for a year.
While I understand why it was done, as a knee jerk reaction to a bad situation, I as a tax payer and senior citizen with very limited income find it very difficult to access the services of these facilities.
Adding an additional 20% to my tax bill will not help me either.
Given the fact that the laid off employees received thousands of dollars in compensation, and having spoken with many of them, even they express concern over why they got this extra bonus.
There are many in this community who have to demeanor themselves through a means test to get a reduction in fees charged for Tamitik programs.
If at some point the ex-employees find themselves in dire straights, as some of us are finding ourselves, then give away the passes. However, please include the rest of us.
I therefore am asking Town Council to afford me the same courtesy given to those employees by extending a free pass for a year to me and mine.
I await your response
RE: Mary Murphy's Question
Comment by Ben Christie on 31st March 2010
You ask what you can do to assist .
Don't know who you are or what your capable of doing but all I want is free passes for a year for me and my family living here for a year when our current passes run out that, we paid for.
If you can arrange that, it would be helpful and fair.
Would be even better if all people living here receive the same consideration.
Comment by mary murphy on 29th March 2010
Regarding: Given the fact that the laid off employees received thousands of dollars in compensation, and having spoken with many of them, even they express concern over why they got this extra bonus.
Many employees are new employees to Eurocan and did not receive BIG COMPENSATION, compensation was two week per year of service 1st sp years and up to 60 weeks. The motion which was presented to council was to take some pressure off some of the employees, and was accepted in the spirit in which is given. I do not know who the employees are which you spoke to, but they have the ability not to use this service as the many who have already left town for other employment.
I also do not like the 20% increase in taxes, but someone has to pay the deficit. We need to work together so that these problems can be taken care of and not allow them to fester.
Please let me know what I can do to assist you in getting the pass you are not successful at receiving. Mary Murphy