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According to Maureen Bader, the BC Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, last Saturday’s referendum in Dawson Creek was a victory for property taxpayers in that city.

The referendum killed a 9.9 million dollar capital projects borrowing proposal. In a Vancouver Sun story Bader asks "What happened to the rest of the money the city has collected in taxes"…?

The story cites data put together by the Dawson Creek Ratepayers Association, showing that homeowners and businesses in that city pay twice the property taxes and twice the amount in benefits to municipal employees.  It also shows the City already has three times the per capita debt as similarly-sized centres.

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In addition, in 2006, the last year data is available, Dawson Creek ranked 11th on a list of 157 municipalities, in terms of expenditures per resident.  In fact, at $2,083 it was far ahead of Fort St. John, which spent only $1,216.

Thus, the Federation director says 1,009 Dawson Creek voters finally said ‘enough is enough’ and voted No in the referendum, beating the Yes vote by 33 ballots.

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