Liz Roy for Whitby-OshawaCommunity, Compassion, Commitment
THE PC DOWNLOADING SCHEME
Hudak Plans More Downloads, Forcing Property Tax Hikes
, 2011Whitby – The Ontario Liberals have a track record of success when it comesto working with municipalities. The previous PC government stuckmunicipalities with a $3 billion bill for provincial programs like seniors’ drugcosts, services for the disabled, land ambulance services, and court security. This left less money in municipal budgets for other services like policing orsnow removal, resulting in increased property taxes.Realizing the problem municipalities were facing, the Liberal governmentpartnered with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on a planfor uploads that would reverse the damage from previous government. Theresult was a $2.7 billion uploading agreement that, when finished, would putcommunities on stable footing so they can plan for the future – freeing upbudgetary room to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.When mayors at the recent AMO conference asked PC leader Tim Hudakabout finishing the job of uploading costs, he left them with a clear message:He’s going to stop it. He talked about his need to make cuts to pay for the229 promises in his platform. The PCs have already proposed the first of theirnew downloads — making municipalities pay for hazardous waste disposal,which means a property tax increase of almost $300 million for Ontarians.Whitby-Oshawa Liberal Candidate Elizabeth Roy knows first-hand that ourcommunity is counting on the continued uploads and support that wasagreed to with the provincial Liberal government. The uploads that we’vewitnessed over the last few years play an important role in ensuring Whitby-Oshawa can keep residents’ property taxes low and service delivery high. The PC plan to download programs onto municipalities will guarantee onlyone thing: increased property taxes. Tim Hudak’s “change” is change wecan’t afford.
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