Comment 96646

By porcupine (registered) | Posted January 10, 2014 at 15:11:35 in reply to Comment 96606

This may all be true for the suburbs, but actual rural Flamborough is getting the shaft. I am on a 6 acre small agricultural lot -- which I steward ecologically -- run my own sewer and water systems and the only services I get (badly) from the city are garbage pickup and road maintenance (tho that may actually be a provincial domain in my case, not sure.) Yet my taxes are over $7000 a year -- for what services?

In return the city has run roughshod over rural areas allowing development on green-spaces to go crazy. The expansion in Waterdown is just mental, and the city was silent (if not supportive) on the proposed new highway(s) the MTO was trying to bulldoze through rural Flamborough and the escarpment.

I like Hamilton, and don't mind paying taxes into it. I prefer its character over Burlington by far. But it's doing a piss poor job of managing its rural areas. I fear, and the evidence is there, that it sees them only as future tax revenue opportunities in the form of a free-for-all for McMansion developers.

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