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North Shore residents wouldn't pay more for snow clearing, poll finds

More than 70 per cent said they're fine with things as they are.
A North Vancouver resident clears their sidewalk after a winter 2019 dump of snow.

As Mark Twain famously quipped: "Everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it."

After digging out of a few winter storms around the Christmas season, North Vancouver and West Vancouver residents polled by the North Shore News say better snow clearing isn't a priority if it means higher taxes.

The North Shore News polled 1,569 readers and asked the question: Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to have better snow clearing?

The poll ran from Dec. 20, 2022 to Jan. 4, 2023. Of the 1,569 votes, we can determine that 582 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes 29.04 % local, 31.68 % total    
No 70.79 % local, 68.32 % total    
  Local   Total

Several readers took to Twitter to explain their rationale.

Some gave a ready endorsement for the level of service already offered by the municipalities when it comes to plowing, or said they were content with a bit of weather-related disruption.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.46%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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