It wasn’t long after CHML News reported that Halton Region’s tax increase would be near 0% that I started to get the phone calls asking the inevitable question, why are their taxes so much lower than ours ?
First of all, Halton Region has a series of highways like the QEW, 403and 407 that were built for them by the Province.
Halton developed a plethora of industrial parks and commercial areas that generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue, which eases the burden on residential taxpayers.
When Hamilton tries to encourage economic development, we spend years in court and millions of dollars arguing with anti-development groups.
Guess who pays for that .
Did we mention that with all the industrial and retail development in Halton, their two major cities still have vibrant downtowns ?
So, yes, you can have both.
Halton has benefited from some visionary political leadership that has attracted economic growth and managed that growth very effectively .
That’s why we hear the stories about a Halton homeowner with a bigger house than ours who’s tax bill is lower than ours.
But things are improving on our side of the Bay.
We’re utilizing our assets like the airport to attract business and jobs and City Council , with a few exceptions, seems committed to the same kind of winning growth strategy that worked in Halton.
We’re not there yet, but we’re on the right track, finally !