Political elitism: Brantford style

It’s almost three months into 2017 and Brantford, Ontario taxpayers are still reeling from a 4.39% property tax increase.

After voting on the 4.39% property tax increase in January, Councillor Larry Kings told the Brantford Expositor:  “We’ve done the best we can with the surprises we’ve had.”  To that an informed citizen responded in a letter-to-the-editor:  “No you have not.  You raised taxes.”1

Unfortunately, it appears this letter was too truthy for the Brantford “City Hall” Expositor’s online version.

 

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Another letter points out ways councillors could have done their best:  “… implementing a salary freeze; privatizing city properties, such as the one on Erie Ave., (while the real estate business is still booming); or cutting back on subsidies.”

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2017/01/24/city-council-should-face-reality

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

Erie Ave., Brantford, Ontario © CityofInsight.com

As we get closer to 22 October 2018 (municipal election day in Ontario) there will be, undoubtedly, the well scripted and choreographed come-to-Jesus moments.  So you are not swayed by these last minute mea culpas, you may want to cut out these articles and put them in your property tax file.

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1. John Connell. 2017.  “No more tax hikes” Brantford Expositor, January 16.

 

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