Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Town budget a taxing time
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 2 Feb 2007, p. 6

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So, when it was all said and done, the nitpicking concluded and the haggling completed by local councillors, you-- the Halton Hills homeowner-- will be paying roughly $50 more this year on your property tax bill for Town services. Surely, you didn't think you'd be paying less. We've said it before, folks, that the days of near-zero per cent municipal tax hikes are likely a fond memory. Combined with the Halton Region tax hike, local homeowners will fork over $82 more in taxes in 2007 (based on a home assessed at $300,000). Essentially, tax hikes go towards items most residents take for granted-- having the lawn cut in the cemeteries, the sidewalks cleared of snow, fire service, recreation facilities and programs, park maintenance, etc. There is a cost behind each and every one of those items and the cost to deliver those services is not getting cheaper each year. This year's 5.4 per cent Town tax hike is a somewhat misleading number in that 2 per cent was already earmarked for the pavement management plan (a five-year plan-- which ends next year-- to ensure money is there each year for road improvement) and 1.3 per cent had been dedicated to hiring four full-time firefighters. Some could argue this year's "true" Town tax hike is 2.1 per cent but don't trying telling that to Joe Taxpayer as he forks over $50 more than he did last year. While any tax hike is a bitter pill to swallow, we doubt we'll hear much of an outcry from the public over a tax hike that will amount to less than $1.60 a week for each homeowner. That is, unless the grass in the cemeteries isn't cut or the sidewalks aren't plowed...

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Town budget a taxing time