Citizens of The Sault Deserve Lower Taxes
The mayor has been on a roll increasing your property taxes year after year, for the past four years, totaling 11 percent, and is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon.
How is it that residents in the City of Windsor can experience a 7-year property tax freeze? Did the buses stop running? Did the pools, libraries, arenas and parks all close? I don’t recall hearing anything other than an industrial border city trying to become more affordable and more competitive in attracting business development.
“Clearly the mayor has successfully wrestled city staff to the ceiling with four years of tax increases, even though he ran on a promise to get spending under control,” said Ring.
On October 8, 2014 the Mayor told us, “I’ve spoken to many residents during this campaign who are concerned about the amount of property taxes they are paying, I have said repeatedly, taxes and spending go hand in hand. Controlling tax increases means we must first control how the City spends its money.”
Unfortunately the Mayor has led the way in adding over $3 million a year for the last four years in new costs to local taxpayers, while many residents continue struggling to make ends meet.
The bureaucracy, red tape, and ability for local businesses to grow and expand our tax base has been made more difficult by City Hall leadership. Leadership who on one hand talks about growing the local tax base, but is indifferent to doing the things necessary to make our city competitive. If the local economy does not grow, more and more of the property tax burden will fall to the residential property taxpayers.
The Mayor is busy trying to spend $1 million of your money on poor garbage decisions, nearly $7 million on City Hall improvements, and another $15 million on a costly P.U.C. electricity scheme, while your taxes continue to rise with breakneck speed.
“Don’t let the Mayor tell you freezing your taxes can’t be done, because it can be done, and it has been done in other communities, while services are protected, said Ring. “As Mayor I will do what is necessary to deliver a more affordable, more prosperous and more attractive city.”
Ring added, “The time for ‘round tables’ and endless committee discussions has to come to an end. Its time to take action.”
The Rory Ring platform will focus on several priority areas including, Job Creation, Lower Taxes and Improving the Quality of Life in Sault Ste. Marie.