Paul Mitchell

THE WAY I SEE IT

County Cash Cow

Posted on Feb 2, 2014

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

Paul Mitchell

Thornbury, ON