Letter: What about EDPA concerns?

Re: SEWAGE IN THE CRD: Money at the heart of treatment issue (Saanich News, March 30)

In regards to the sewage issue, Saanich Coun. Judy Brownoff said that she has received numerous comments and emails from her constituents, most of them focused on the financial implications.

“At the end of the day, this is about the cost to our taxpayers,” she said. “When you have a senior call you and she’s crying because she’s worried about the cost of this facility and she may lose her home – cost is the No. 1 issue to me.”

Why is the cost to taxpayers not the No. 1 issue to Coun. Brownoff, in regards to the EDPA?

I have lost over $250,000 on the sale of one of my properties that was in the EDPA. My other property has lost the same amount in its assessed value. Eighty percent of each property is in the EDPA, yet is covered by weeds and invasives that have come in from Knockan Hill Park. What about the folks in Gordon Head who have lost a million dollars because of the EDPA?

My real estate agent sent a letter to Council indicating that the EDPA has made these kinds of properties difficult to sell and that it has caused this significant loss of my assets. Don’t you believe for a moment that I will be the only one this happens to.

If Coun. Brownoff is so concerned about cost to taxpayers, why doesn’t she recommend to Saanich Council that the municipality buy these properties or the parts of the properties they want to protect? Or better yet, remove the EDPA from individual properties until Saanich fixes it.

Lorraine PogadlSaanich