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and resulting comments.
The example set in Boulder was actually achieved by a sales tax and indeed is public money. It was and is used to puchase and or to pay farmers to maintain the land. The result has not been without problems – the price of housing for example. There are many more examples of sites where interesting information is available around this topic (see previous articles) but this one gives the history of Boulder’s tax.
The discussion topic here is really about the need to protect our land base in whatever ways might be appropriate. It is not about choosing between a hot breakfast program for children or an economic development tax or any self-interest group mentioned by ‘anonymous’. It is about much more. It is not about Mr. Stetski’s proposed tax for it is not 'his' although it may be his wish to see something like this tax considered as it has been in other forward looking communities.
Our very existence and everything that comes with our lives including a breakfast program for children is dependant on a healthy land base. There are countries in the world buying land in nations other than their own, just for food production. Madagascar is an example. The UK apparently determined it would need a land base five times its own size if it had to be responsible for all its own food production. At a recent Forum on this topic Richard Bullock from the Agricultural Land Commission admitted there is not enough staff to do the job for which they have been appointed. ‘Not enough staff’ is a common cry, while probably true, becomes an excuse for us, the stewards of the land, to do nothing. Do we sit back and look at this fast changing and very populated world and cling to past practises? Or do we look at alternatives and plan for a healthy future?
The decision to not rush into more development close to Wasa is refreshing and gives a ray of hope that more consideration is being given by some to these very serious issues.
We welcome and look forward to ongoing comment.
Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.