Comment 60536

By Mr. Meister (anonymous) | Posted March 02, 2011 at 10:51:13

Adrian - You wrote "Hamilton is the only municipality in Ontario that levies taxes like this." True enough but Hamilton is different from every other municipality in Ontario. Nowhere else do you see such a mix of urban and rural areas together. The real kicker is that most of the people did not want the amalgamation. When the powers that be at Queen's Park made this decision they should have dictated the terms of the tax system. They were already hated by the residents here anyway. Just another reason to show that Harris is the worst leader this province has ever seen. I have never seen anyone create so much crap for so many other people. All that aside I do not see amalgamation ever being undone so we need to live with it.

What portion of our taxes pays for road maintenance compared to transit subsidy? Seems to me that people in Flamborough and the like have a lot more miles of road per house than downtown Hamilton. The tax system should be the same across the entire city. Decide what the number is in a revenue neutral way and then implement it with everyone seeing the changes happen at a predetermined rate, maybe 1% per year. That way in 5 or 10 years we are done with it and we can move on.

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