Comment 29970

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted April 06, 2009 at 13:12:29

>> Burlington can afford fewer staff because they don't have to provide social services.

I included their share of Halton region employees who do provide social services. Thus the comparison is accurate.

>> Cities have higher taxes than towns to run urban services but people save money on not needing cars so it's a lifestyle wash.

If this is true, then why are Hamilton property values lower than Burlington's? If it truly was a wash, then Hamilton property values should be higher than Burlington's, not lower, to account for the higher employee costs we pay.

>> The problem today is Hamilton is a city that still behaves a lot like a suburb

The problem with Hamilton is that it punishes investment. As a result, we get less of it. If tax rates were capped at 1%, people would be more inclined to invest here, because the cost of doing so would be less.

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