Milton Taxes – Value For Dollars Spent?

Local and Regional Councillor Mike Cluett pointed to a number of other challenges with keeping taxes low, the biggest of which is a lack of money coming from the province.

“They (province) are the ones controlling the speed and volume of how much we are growing, yet are doing very little to help fund the growth,” adding the Halton Region is underfunded by close to $4 million.

And a sizable chunk of Milton’s growth is residential, which doesn’t generate a great deal of taxes. In 1999, the taxable assessment split was 68 per cent residential and 31 per cent non-residential. This year, it’s 77 per cent to 23 per cent, respectively.

“That is the primary financial reason that non-residential growth is so important to communities…this change has decreased the level of financial support provided by the non-residential sector and put additional stress on the Town’s financial resources to fund services and programs,” said Leeds.

Additional pressures are also felt by residents who moved to Milton from larger communities like Mississauga and Brampton, said Cluett, adding they are used to a high level of service because those communities had a larger tax base. Milton is still small in comparison.

Milton School Boundary Review Coming Up

Many thanks to Milton School Board Trustee Donna Danielli for sending me this information today. As I go out knocking on doors speaking with Milton residents, one of the top concerns I hear is schools.  When will we be getting more?  When is the next one being built?  When it is built will my children…

Milton Hospital Expansion News

This is great news!  Slowly but surely the process of the expansion of our hospital continues.  Many thanks to all Miltonians who over the last several years fought with us to ensure this happens as quickly as possible. Released today via Halton Healthcare Services website. For immediate release October 4, 2012 Milton Hospital Expansion Launches…

URGENT NOTICE FOR PEOPLE IN CLARK / BENNETT AREA

158PM UPDATE As at 1300 hours, Union Gas advises that approximately 400 homes have service restored. They hope to have the remainder completed this afternoon.       815AM UPDATE Just received a call from Hawthorne Village PS and school classes are on for today despite the fire damage and Union Gas workers across the…

New Look to the Blog

Trying some new things every now and then so if it looks like somethings been changed….youre right! It has. Let me know what you think. I’ll be trying to make it look a bit better so it might change some more over the next little while. Im trying to incorporate this blog into my website…

Hawthorne Village Ranks in the Top 25 in Canada

Yep, you heard it right. Hawthorne Village Public School has been ranked in the top 25 schools in Canada. That is an amazing achievement in itself, but for a school to be at that level in its 2nd year of operation is worth a second look. We are quite familiar with HVPS as its where…

Mrs Lesley Sheldrick Teacher of the Month

First off I got a couple of emails from some rabid Flyers fans for the post yesterday. It looks like the team DIDNT lay down, and caused a few more grey hairs to pop out of my head last night. At least the Leafs won and two more wins to go. Lets cross our fingers…