I am appalled by Coun. Sheilagh O’Leary’s promotion of a policy for tree planting and the tree planting fee.
This essentially amounts to a tax for new homeowners that no other homeowners in the city are required to pay.
If she wants more trees, why not create a bylaw that states that every homeowner must have at least two trees on their property, as long as they have the required lot frontage?
If the city needs a budget to plant more trees, why not charge every homeowner some type of arbor tax?
This proposal clearly penalizes one small segment of homeowners in St. John’s.
Of more concern is that this proposal requires new home owners to purchase their trees from the city.
Since when is it appropriate to take away the right of homeowners to purchase their trees from any of the fine horticultural services that already exist in this area?
New homeowners are required to get their driveways paved but are not required to purchase paving services from the city.
If Coun. O’Leary’s proposal is heeded, the city will be taking away business from existing horticultural services.
By the way, I am in the market for a home. Mount Pearl, Paradise and C.B.S. are looking more appealing all the time.