Reduce Oakville expenses so Oakville no longer has second highest taxes per capita of all Ontario municipalitoties over 100,000
Ensure Oakville only uses ONE accounting system not 2 so taxpayers can figure out what is really going on
No, @Anonymous, the Town's comment from May, 2013, is what they always lean on. They always fall back to the TOTAL tax increase or rate which means School, Region, and Town. If you look at Town by itself, increases have been huge for years - well over inflation rate - and they take advantage of almost no increases in the other two components. If you notice, the Town almost always announces last so they can cushion the blow. But we are getting ripped off and new services don't keep up.
To be clear - is the Comment from the Town respecting "property tax increases" a reference to property tax rates - or a reference to the actual tax revenues i.e. tax rate * Assessment ? Is it safe to assume that in this equation the tax collectors have benefitted nicely from the above average inflation that seems to be reflected in our property assessments - to be fair, the Town grows - its tax base changes - the public's needs change - we can all afford to dream - but let's not be too hasty with the discretionary expenditure decision making - thank-you
The best way to reduce taxes is to eliminate frivolous feel good projects like the waterfront redevelopment plan. A concept just made for consultants and their pie in the sky dreams fuelled by special interest cultural groups with too much time on their hands.
Town of Oakville commented
Council's objective is to keep the total property tax increases in line with inflation. Our financial statements are prepared in accordance with Public Sector Accounting Board standards and are audited annually. As part of this audit, the budget to actual is closely reviewed.