I’m a Taxpayer Too

On occasion, I get calls or emails from constituents reminding me that they are taxpayers and have certain expectations about the services they receive for their tax dollar. Many residents are worried about facing significant tax increases over the next few years.

As a taxpayer, I share these concerns. My teenage children are eating me out of house and home, not to mention rising fuel costs, and looming post-secondary education bills. I have a modest income and live a simple life (one bathroom – family of six!)

I don’t relish the idea of significant tax increases anymore than my neighbours and constituents. I want value for money just like everyone else. But what is value for money? What services and ammenities do progressive communities invest in? What services contribute to quality of life?

My Guelph is more than just garbage pick-up, sewage, roads and police. My Guelph includes greenspace, clean water and air, healthy active citizens, affordable housing, arts, culture, music and heritage. My Guelph takes care of its most vulnerable citizens. My Guelph invests in high quality community and urban design. My Guelph invests in economic and labour force development.

Municipal politics is about making investments that yield the best return for the community good. Please share your thoughts – what are your priorities?

Leanne

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2 thoughts on “I’m a Taxpayer Too

  1. Just the opposite. A huge tax increase hurts all of us. It’s my way of saying that I am looking out for a reasonable and appropriate use of your (and my) tax dollars.

    I hope that over the coming year, we will enter into a formal dialogue with residents about what services they value most. This would ultimately lead to some key decisions on how to best use tax dollars. For example, I have heard many resident ask for increased yard waste collection. The cost of increased yard waste pick-up (every two weeks, alternating with clear bag pick-up) is roughly the same as sidewalk ploughing during the winter months. Which service do you value most? To have both, taxes will increase. To trade one for the other will not have an impact. Or should we have neither?

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