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The PC Plan Will Add $186 Per Year To Property Tax

OTTAWA, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty was at the Mayor's Breakfast today to reaffirm Ontario Liberals' commitment to upload services — and warned that the PCs would download those services and hike property taxes.

"We believe the provincial government should pay for provincial responsibilities — so municipalities have what they need to provide a great quality of life for their people. Ontario Liberals get that. The Harris-Hudak PCs didn't," said McGuinty.  "Now the PCs are at it again.  They want to go back to the days of downloading to balance their own books — costing taxpayers money and robbing cities like Ottawa of vital public services."

The PCs have already proposed the first of their new downloads — making municipalities pay for hazardous waste disposal. Their scheme would make Ottawa property tax bills skyrocket by at least 6% — costing the average family about $186 per year.

The last PC government stuck municipalities with a $3 billion bill for provincial programs like seniors' drug costs and services for the disabled or unemployed. This left less money in municipal budgets for other services like policing or snow removal, and made property taxes rise.

Ontario Liberals partnered with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) on a plan for uploads that would reverse the damage from the last PC government. When finished, it would put communities on stable footing so they can plan for the future.

Ontario Liberals are committed to finishing that job — and honouring that commitment.

The Hudak PCs won't.

The Hudak PCs have a $14 billion hole in the middle of their platform — which would mean deep cuts. They won't follow through on uploading — something Tim Hudak confirmed when he met with AMO. He talked about the need to make cuts to pay for the 229 promises in his platform and refused to commit to honouring the agreement to upload provincial responsibilities.

"If Mr. Hudak reneges on that promise, it will not only set back relations to the days when we had to deal with downloading, it will also mean a serious financial challenge for all 444 municipalities in Ontario," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

"The PC download scheme is nothing more than sleight of hand — they cut costs and families see the consequences on their property tax bill," said McGuinty. "Only Ontario Liberals are committed to working in partnership with municipalities to build a better quality of life in the communities we're proud to call our homes."

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September 14, 2011

MUNICIPAL LEADERS WORRIED ABOUT HUDAK PC PLANS FOR DOWNLOADING

Ontario Liberals have been uploading costs from municipalities, so that instead of delivering provincial programs, municipalities can focus on local needs identified by their citizens.

At the 2011 meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, PC leader Tim Hudak was asked if he would finish the job of uploading but talked instead about the need to make cuts in government to pay for the 229 promises in his platform.

Municipal leaders have warned Ontarians that property taxes would rise under a PC government because the Hudak PCs won't say if he'll continue to upload provincial costs.

Here's what local voices are saying:

    "He [Hudak] was very clear. He's going to stop it." (Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, Mississauga News, August 24, 2011)
     
    "We have an agreement with the provincial government. That agreement should be respected. Uncertainty about the future of that is of significant municipal concern. Municipalities across Ontario have planned for those uploads." (Peter Hume, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Ottawa Citizen, August 23, 2011)
     
    "The real threat is [Tim Hudak] who can't resist downloading services on those of us who can least afford another hit -- the municipal tax bill recipient." (Belleville Intelligencer, August 26, 2011)
     
    "…raise property taxes and old ladies can't afford their own homes anymore." (Ottawa Citizen, August 25, 2011)
     
    "Hudak's deal bad for cities... Municipal leaders and, more importantly, voters, have every reason to be leery of a party that appears willing to balance the province's books on the backs of municipal property taxpayers." (Toronto Star, August 25, 2011)
     
    "Tim Hudak: Voodoo budgeting....This isn't the kind of budgeting Ontarians want from a possible Hudak government after the provincial election on Oct. 6. The province should take care of its own money problems, not thrust them on the cities." (ottawacitizen.com, August 24, 2011)
     
    "Tory leader [Hudak] disappoints mayors" (Mississauga News, August 24, 2011)
     
    "If Hudak becomes premier, that decision will affect property taxes in Hamilton. The city was expecting to see budget savings of $3 million to $4 million a year from uploading…" (Hamilton Spectator, August 26, 2011)
     
    Ontario Liberals have a plan for working in partnership with local leaders:
     
    "This government has done more for municipalities than any previous government of the Province of Ontario" (Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, speech at Malton CHC announcement, August 19, 2011)


 

 

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