As the headline reads, this is what Steve Butland said at city council tonight.
As the mayor pointed out, Christian Provenzano said the reason for the press reports on the possibility of raising taxes 12 to 20 per cent was to levy the situation with the legal side of the matter with Essar Steel owing around $30-million in taxes to the city.
City councilor Marchy Bruni and Butland were approached heavily over the weekend after media reports that council was going to raise taxes 20 per cent.
Their response was a resounding “no,” to city homeowners and business owners.
“We will be run out of town,” Butland said if they raised taxes that much, “and a lot of people will be joining us,” he continued.
“We have already put seniors in a panic mode,” he also said.
Butland said they will go the provincial government or the federal government or even borrow to stop from raising taxes.
He referred to lenders taking full-page ads in the Sault Star about the potential of the steel mill.
He said the city has gone through a few of these troubles with the steel mill and that the city “will pull through.”