Are you being heard?

The purpose of any taxpayers’ association is to make sure that you, the taxpayer, is being heard by those

Dear Editor:

The purpose of any taxpayers’ association is to make sure that you, the taxpayer, is being heard by those you have elected to represent you.

Bear in mind that most often taxpayers’ associations function at the municipal level only, in other words, dealing with town and county. You, the taxpayers, are also responsible for paying federal and provincial taxes and electing federal and provincial governments. You also have the responsibility of holding your appointees to account.

It’s your tax dollar. It’s your responsibility to ensure that dollar is spent wisely.

If and when the people you have entrusted to represent you fail to meet their obligation and commitment to you, the taxpayer, then you had better make your voice heard.

Due to the economic downturn we are experiencing, much of what has to be accomplished in the next two to three years will have to come from you, the grassroots. If any advancement is to take place at the local level it will have to come from you — the new pioneers. By your efforts: determination, dedication, volunteerism, foresight, vision, resilience and persistence Ponoka can and will grow. Are you up to the challenge?

The Ponoka County and Town Taxpayers Association (PCTTA) is a volunteer organization of concerned citizens who are willing to dedicate their time and effort to a cause that will afford you, the taxpayers, with an opportunity to ensure your voice will be heard. We will speak on your behalf.

The PCTTA is a duly constituted nonprofit organization registered under the provincial charities act and is open to all taxpaying members of the community.

Meetings will be held monthly throughout the 2013 on the last Wednesday of the month at the Ponoka County office on Highway 2A south. The next meeting is March 27 at 7 p.m.

We will be there to represent you. Are you up for the challenge?

Robert Mackenzie,

president