Mayors discuss speculation tax with Premier

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is encouraged by Monday's meeting with Premier John Horgan.

Horgan met with Findlater and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran to discuss the controversial speculation tax and how it is adversly affecting both cities. 

Findlater says Horgan had an open ear. 

"The tone of the meeting was congenial and friendly. He was listening. He took notes. He had a full page of notes just on West Kelowna and that's always encouraging when they take notes. But I have been encouraged before and it hasn't panned out".    

Findlater says they met with the Premier for about an hour.

"We also asked them if they have done any kind of an economic impact analysis and it seems that they haven't. So, we would like them to do an analysis of what this is going to do to local economies". 

The province is planning to impose the tax in the fall, restricting the amount of time that a property can remain empty before additional taxes are levied.

Horgan will take the concerns of both mayors back to Victoria and share them with Finance Minister Carole James.