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Town needs people in charge that understand taxes as fiscal policyto the editor,
Posted January 6, 2014
I read with interest your brief note 'Milne files to run for
Mayor' and note from reports that Rick Milne will concentrate on three
areas: One transit, two bringing in more industry to lower taxes and
three, lowering the Town's debt.
As far as transit goes, where are we going to start? Will it be just Alliston, and will the other half of the Town's residents pay for what might become known as Milne's folly? It's a chicken or the egg thing. First we need compact green development, which brings in higher revenue per mile of development, then transit will become economically viable. Clearly Milne doesn't get that.
Yes, a larger industrial tax base would be good. But the deputy mayor just voted in favour of bylaws that would change the industrial zoning in Tottenham, but failed to do it in the context of an overall Community Plan. The result may be that businesses that may have gone on our main street are hidden away on dead end Industrial Rd. Piecemeal reactionary changes are not the answer.
Many of the things Mr. Milne professes to want can be achieved
by bringing in policies that support small business which will put
people into our downtowns, who will walk to the store, or get on a bus
and chat with neighbours. Industry is good, but rarely is it the whole
answer. Industry is unlikely to support hockey teams. Industry doesn't
support our downtowns. People do.
What this Town needs is people in charge that understand that taxes be they called a tax, a fee, a charge, are fiscal policies and that they are not just an exercise in arithmetic. Taxes and development plan decisions have consequences and need to be part of all overall policy.
I personally believe from what I have seen attending Council
over the last six months that Milne does not understand that, and
because he doesn't, he is not the person we need to be our next Chief