County Cash Cow
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
DATE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
SUBJECT: COUNTY CASH COW
On Wednesday August 13, 2003 a letter was published in the local paper called ‘’THE PLUNDER OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS’’. The letter to the editor took up a full page and pointed out that the TBM with a population of 5443 or 6.5% of total of County population paid 22% of Grey County total taxes. Owen Sound with 19,870 or24% of the total County population paid 18% of County taxes.
Speed forward to 2013 we find that the TBM with still only 6.5 % of the population is now paying 26% of the County taxes. Our contribution of taxes to County has gone from $8M in 2003 to $13M in 3013.
Apparently the TBM is known as the CASH COW at County. Is there anywonder?
It is worth noting TBM tax payers pay 26% of every dollar spent at Grey County. For example when county voted recently to pay $200,000.00 for a sign on the front lawn at County (to showcase the new logo) the TBM’S share will be $51,444.00. Owen Sound with 22% of the population will contribute $31,120.00. Is this tax fairness?
Is it time to have an adult conversation about TBM lopsided contribution to County taxes?
At least that’s the way I see it