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By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted July 12, 2009 at 14:18:23

Jason >> there are many areas in lower Hamilton with home values just as high, or higher than in the suburbs.

I don't doubt that, but on AVERAGE, homes downtown have the lowest values in the city and therefore as a group, contribute the least to city coffers. Therefore, when you write an article implying that these same people, who pay the least $$/year in taxes, are being screwed over by people who pay 50% more $$/year in taxes, it strikes me as both inaccurate and unfair.

The truth is, the AVERAGE new homeowner has a higher property value than the AVERAGE downtown home, pays a higher total tax bill and receive a level of services that no one can prove is any higher than anywhere else in the city. Therefore, with the information we have, it's the AVERAGE downtown homeowner that is getting the best deal, not the AVERAGE new home buyer.

If you own a valuable downtown property with a high tax bill, the people you should be upset at are not new homeowners, but your neighbours with low value properties. These are the people who are paying small tax bills, have run down homes, low incomes, but who have access to services equal to yourself.

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