Comment 35873

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted November 30, 2009 at 10:34:07

We discussed social services because you brought it up as a service that you shouldn't have to pay for because there is no need for it in Waterdown.

I agree that the province should be covering provincially mandated services, but the reality right now is that we all pay for it, and using that particular cost as an argument for area rating (under the guise of fairness) is pointless.

Rural roads may need repaving less frequently than Burlington Street, however they still must be ploughed and salted, cracks filled, etc.

We do not have specific data for Hamilton but I already linked you to a study from Ottawa that found that 44% of the city's road budget went toward maintenance of rural roads that serviced 10% of the population.

Why would Hamilton be different? Do we have different road maintenance equipment? Horse drawn ploughs? Self-healing concessions?

All we are pointing out is that for area rating to be truly fair, every service must be area-rated. All or nothing - no cherry picking which services are pay-as-you-go.

Logistically though, it makes much more sense for us all to pay an equal share.

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