Ring Committed to Tax Freeze

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You may be surprised to know that residents in Sault Ste. Marie unfairly pay more property tax than in other cities. These are the facts the Mayor doesn’t want you to know.

If you compare the exact same MPAC assessed value of a home in Sudbury, North Bay and Sault Ste. Marie you will pay the most for that same home in the Sault.

For example, if you have a home in Sault Ste. Marie, property tax on a $100,000 MPAC assessment is $1,717. For the same property assessment, an individual living in North Bay paid $1,544 or (10.08% less) in property taxes, while a resident in Sudbury paid $1,482 or (13.69% less).

Taxes on a residential property assessed at $200,000 in Sault Ste. Marie are $3,434, while in North Bay they are $3,088 (10.08% less) and in Sudbury $2,964 (13.69% less)

Municipalities  
$100,000 MPAC
Assessed Property                                            
    $200,000 MPAC
Assessed Property
Taxes on
$100,000
MPAC
Assessed Property
$ Difference from
Sault Ste.
Marie
% Difference from
Sault Ste.
Marie
Taxes on
$200,000
MPAC
Assessed Property
$ Difference from
Sault Ste.
Marie
% Difference from
Sault Ste.
Marie
Barrie $1,203 -$514 29.94% $2,406 -$1028 29.94%
Peterborough $1,420 -$297 17.30% $2,840 -$594 17.30%
Sudbury $1,482 -$235 13.69% $2,964 -$470 13.69%
North Bay $1,544 -$173 10.08% $3,088 -$346 10.08%
Sault Ste. Marie $1,717     $3,434    

 

During the last election the Mayor said on October 16, 2014  “We know that residents of Sault Ste. Marie are paying more property tax than other Northerners, and it’s making life less affordable for homeowners in this city.”

Again on October 16, 2014 when referring to the Provincial Government’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF), the Mayor said, “Despite receiving more money per household than neighboring cities we are still paying more in property taxes. These are simply the facts and they should not be misrepresented. They should be acknowledged honestly and addressed.”

“What is unfortunate, is that after being elected the Mayor chose to increase property taxes a further 11 percent,” said Ring.

“I have a strong plan to create jobs, lower taxes and improve the quality of life in our community, but to implement it, I need your support on October 22, 2018, added Ring.”

10 COMMENTS

  1. When I hear lower taxes and tax freeze I start to drool! Bring it on Rory!!! The roads are crap anyway. Cut the roads department in half. See if I care. Probably wont make a difference anyway.

  2. Len, we have to get rid of trudeau next election, the only thing in the way is bernier, who will take pc votes away from the pc’s! Although i do agree with bernier on diversity issues, vote pc , lets not let trudeau win next election

  3. So is Rory’s plan to cut services or borrow tens of millions of dollars to keep services as is? One hits everyone now and the other shifts the burden by four years. Not cutting services means that he has to find $30-40 million to cover expense increases over the next four years. (That’s assuming 2% pay increases and 1.5% non-payroll expense increases which is probably low and doesn’t include borrowing interest.) I’d rather not see my taxes spike in 2023 to pay off that debt. The alternative of cut services doesn’t work for anyone, especially if he wants to improve quality of life and bring in new businesses to create jobs. This plan doesn’t add up.

    • Agreed. All this is is a smoke and mirror promise that will defer the cost of this freeze to the next generation of Saultites. This is a fiscally irresponsible promise to buy the ignorant vote. People should read up on the actual costs to the other cities that Mr. Ring has previously mentioned froze their taxes. Short term gain for long term pain.

  4. It is far too late to fix all the colossal screw ups now. The city was destined to be a retirement town a long time ago because of all the small mindedness. It will be 20K smaller in population in the next few years and only shrink from there. If you want to improve it build some retirement accommodations that people can afford on their minuscule old age pensions while Trudeau’s thousands of ‘refugees’ continue to hit the jackpot every month and get double to triple the amount that retired hard working Canadians receive.

    • I don/t agree with the retirement town idea. The cost of retirement rentals is ridiculous in the Sault. When you get down to it, who would move to the Sault to retire? Other than a cold place to die, what is there really to offer for the Sault to be considered a great place to retire? You are right about the immigrants. Trudeau is useless and he hasn’t a clue. As a retiree I choose to live in a climate that is warm and sunny all year long.

    • I can agree some massive errors have been made in order to grow our town. What I can’t agree with is people constantly bringing Trudeau or any federal discussions into our city’s issues. To be quite honest it’s a tired and apathetic argument to say that refugees are hitting the jackpot, if that’s your view I really hope you know your facts. As of Oct 2017 CTV put out an article stating that the government spends $13 million annually on their Refugee Loan Program and that 93% of it is eventually paid back. It’s impressive to me that someone with likely little to no English, entering a country they know no one, and having only personal items they had from a refugee camp can repay a loan back to an adopted country yet we have millions abusing our EI system (your tax dollars), people collecting equal amounts of CPP (who haven’t worked or contributed the same amounts as others during their working careers, again your tax dollars). Oh and then there’s new OSAP rules. The new structure for repayment that students now get is great but very naive that it is not based at all on what someone is studying and the likelihood of post graduate employment (in order to pay back those loans). If you want to direct your anger – look at the flaws with ODSP and OW as they are so abused and poorly monitored to do lack of government funding for case worker jobs to monitor those on the system. Those are just snippets – so next time you want to place blame about the state of our city, province, country? MY GOODNESS leave the poor refugees alone. What ever happened to having a kind heart in this world!?!?

  5. Let’s hear this plan. I feel a whole lot of hot air blowing my way, and it’s similar the wind storm that blew in from the candidates of the last election here. No tax increase is absolutely ridiculous and will do nothing but further destroy our infrastructure, just like former Mayor Joe did. The only way to go is to bring in new business and get this city away from relying on the Steel plant. It’s been said for years, but none of the City councils have come through to get us out of the shadows of that place.

  6. “I have a strong plan to create jobs, lower taxes and improve the quality of life in our community, but to implement it, I need your support on October 22, 2018, added Ring.”

    It is all well and good to say this…but…I think many of us would like to know HOW YOU PLAN TO DO THIS? What cuts in services? Who gets laid off? etc WHAT is the plan?

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