Milton Taxes – Value For Dollars Spent?

Earlier this month Racheal Williams from the Milton Canadian Champion approached members of council and the public a question about the property taxes we pay in Milton.  Do we get value for our tax dollar?

As you will read in the following article, there are a number of my colleagues who don’t share the same outlook when it comes to property taxes.  I don’t see taxation at different levels as others do.  I don’t look at one service and say “this will only cost $1.30 per $100,000 of the value of my home.”

Its the bottom line that matters.  The total at the bottom of your municipal tax bill should be affordable.  The total you see at the bottom of your tax bill is the regional portion, local portion and educational portion of the property taxes we pay.  Most taxpayers don’t see it that way.  Its the total amount of money that comes out of their bank account every quarter that makes the difference.

Milton has the second lowest tax rate in the GTA.

net muni levy

A lot of people “know” that but they don’t feel it.  In a recent budget call report to Milton Town Council, there were survey results that show only 20% of people perceive that the property taxes are lower than other jurisdictions.

This does shed some light as to what the Town of Milton, and quite frankly myself, needs to do to improve this.  We need to make sure the residents of Milton better understand the value for tax dollars they receive.

Here is a link to the article from Rachael Williams 

Milton mayor steadfast in keeping tax rates low

Next Step In Regional Representation Review

Halton Region MapDuring the last election campaign I spoke to many residents in Milton about the importance of “Fairness For Milton.” You can read those ideas here.

Recently the Region passed a notice of motion to ask Halton municipalities (Milton, Oakville, Burlington & Halton Hills) to provide a report on their support for changes to the make up of regional council.

Right now the make up is as follows:

Oakville (7)

Burlington (7)

Halton Hills (3)

Milton (3)

The additional member is the Regional Chair Gary Carr and he is elected across Halton.

This coming Monday, Milton Town Council will be discussing a staff report ES 15-15 to review our ideas and options to bring to Halton Region.

You can find a link to that staff report here (its 15 pages long, but still an excellent read)  Milton staff report highlights a number of different options, including one to move to weighted voting where each municipality has a number of votes based on its population.  I’ll discuss more in a later blog.

Once this is approved by Milton Town Council, the report will be forwarded to Halton Region staff and await the other municipalities reports.  If 3 of 4 Halton municipalities agree that changes are needed, the process moves forward.

There is a time frame needed in order to make these changes before the next election.  If nothing is done or agreed to by Halton Regional council by 2017, it would be impossible to make the changes before October 2018 which is the next municipal election.

Have a look at the report and let me know what you think.

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Miracle On Main Raises $200,000

10896952_988787594467946_6568683247136496681_nThe Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation’s 6th Annual Miracle on Main Street was a complete success raising over $200,000 in donations made up from toys, food, life essential products and corporate sponsorships.

From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everyone for their participation in this growing annual event.  Each year it gets bigger and better and its all because of you!  THANK YOU!

2015 Bell Ringing at Milton Town Hall

It was a little chilly to say the least.  Canada’s Most Famous Hockey Dad Walter Gretzky along with Mayor Krantz and close to 50 others rang in the new year at Victoria Square in front of Milton Town Hall this past new years eve.

Happy New Year Milton!!