Comment 32389

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted July 11, 2009 at 15:47:43

Jason >> it shouldn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that servicing an area with a high density costs less per household than servicing an area with a much lower density.

The largest cost embedded in property taxes are employee wages. What area of the city do you really think calls the police/fire more often, Ancaster, or downtown Hamilton? One area is quiet and peaceful ,the other filled with welfare cases, ex-cons, rowdy bars and old homes that seem to catch fire every other week.

In fact, employee costs are 5x more than material costs, which means that the area which uses the most man hours is the true winner when it comes to receiving the most services.

>> tax RATES tell us that someone in the suburbs can own a property 15% larger than mine and still pay the identical amount in taxes each year.

Are you saying that every home in Hamilton pays the exact property tax? Please, tell me you don't believe this? You're just joking, right?

>> If you want to discuss the facts, fine.

The only facts we have are tax rates and home prices. Using these two numbers, we know that inner city homes pay tax rates 10- 15% higher than other communities, but have home values 50% less than other communities. Therefore, the total taxes paid by inner city residents is LOWER than the other areas of the city. Do you dispute this? If so, show me why this rough estimate is wrong.

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