Ring Committed to 4-Year Property Tax Freeze

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Rory Ring

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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The other problem with property taxes is half of it comes from organizations which we don’t have control over like the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board. So even if you say you will freeze them you don’t control these external sources and that has been where some of the tax increases have come from.

    Next is the Sault runs a very light debt load. Most things are paid directly, not financed with long debt loads. So while other cities have high debt and lower taxes we have higher taxes and lower debt. Personally I would rather have lower debt, because governments like to spend a lot more when they can just say lets finance it…

    I am sorry but I don’t believe your 0 tax increases. Remember good old McGuinty’s promise to the people of Ontario with no tax increase, we all saw how that worked out…

  2. Ring-a-ding-ding. Talk is cheap. Let’s hear how you are going to pull all this money out of thin air? No one can freeze taxes without their being a further deterioration of our already shot infrastructure.

  3. Mr Ring. Can you fill us in on just how “you” are going to miraculously freeze taxes? The last person to try this was Fratesi and our infrastructure suffered tremendously. Our roads went for a crap and still haven’t recovered. If you have a plan, spell it out. Stop throwing around random statements and promises. I am so sick of the politicians in this city. Don’t become one.

  4. Yeah hear you there bri, mr ring should check the facts before he speaks, i dont trust any politician they say they will give you the moon until they are elected.

  5. All a freeze does is delay the inevitable. I would rather pay a slight increase each year as opposed to a hefty hike in year 5.

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