Monte Sonnenburg, Simcoe Reformer
SELKIRK – A campaign is underway to get a tax revolt going in Haldimand County. “Fed up taxpayer” Marnie Knight of Selkirk is circulating a letter inviting disaffected residents to a public meeting at Cayuga Secondary School three weeks from now. Knight has been at the forefront of the campaign in Haldimand against industrial wind turbines. She has since taken on a laundry list of grievances related to other issues in the county.
At the Feb. 21 meeting, Knight wants to talk about skyrocketing water and sewer rates, the potential closure of three fire halls, and council remuneration among other items. In an interview this week, Knight said Haldimand council has been badly out of step with public opposition to wind projects. She says council should be doing more than passing the blame onto the province.
“Civil disobedience is not an easy thing, and I’m among the most law-abiding citizens you’ll want to meet,” Knight said. “But there comes a time when you want your democratic rights, and they are just being eroded out from underneath us. I hope this catches on. I’m sick and tired of being ram-rodded. I hope people come out. It’s time.”
Council recently received a report from the London consulting firm POMAX that recommended the closure of fire halls in Fisherville, Moulton and Byng near Lowbanks. The same report recommends beefing up fire resources in South Cayuga. Council will consider the report at its committee meeting March 4. Read article