Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor: Change in town council needed
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 24 Feb 2006, p. 7

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Dear editor, I am a longtime Georgetownian born and raised here and proud to admit it. My family moved away when we were young but returned and as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home". Now, as I am getting older I see the progress and growth of this beautiful town slowly turn into a carbon copy city. What I mean in no way takes away what this town still means to me. My complaint is, that as we grow, all taxes across the board are growing at a far quicker rate then anyone's income. The assessment tax on an unseen house, on top of the biggest property tax grabs in Georgetown history, will eliminate any chance for the aging population, youth of tomorrow or the average income family to remain in this town. Yes, progress will never be stopped, but better growth management is a must. Remember a couple of years ago? There was no water for development so it rained a little but the houses still seemed to materialize over night. Town treasurer Ed DeSousa would not last at any firm in the new Canadian market as corporations look to cut costs, clean out operations and strive for more profits. But being property taxpayers, we cannot fire him overnight. These tax hikes over the past 5-6 years are unacceptable yet they keep coming with no end in sight. I ask all Georgetownians to remember the great services we receive for the extras year in and year out because election time comes for our town council. When in doubt, kick them out! Looks like we need another change again as this budget and council just do not get it. Jim Marshall, Georgetown

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Letters to the editor: Change in town council needed