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