Comment 96669

By highwater (registered) | Posted January 10, 2014 at 17:46:23 in reply to Comment 96646

No one is suggesting that people who live in the rural parts of the suburbs should pay for services they don't receive, but under the current system, people who live in the built up parts of Waterdown, and enjoy the same services as Hamilton residents, pay a lower rate than people in Hamilton. Council took the easy way out and missed the opportunity to determine tax rates based on along urban/rural lines, rather than the increasingly arbitrary borders of the former suburbs.

Under a fair tax structure you would continue to pay a lower rate as a rural resident, but your fellow Flamborians who live in subdivisions indistinguishable from neighbourhoods in the old city, would pay the same rate as their fellow Hamilton suburbanites.

As for all the sprawl that has been built in Flamborough in the years since amalgamation, I think it's a little naive to think that the same development pressures wouldn't have existed in the absence of amalgamation, so while I don't think you can blame Hamilton for creating the sprawl, you can certainly blame us for enabling it by subsidizing it with our tax dollars. This Hamiltonian would be happy to stop anytime.

Comment edited by highwater on 2014-01-10 17:52:38

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