Paul Mitchell

THE WAY I SEE IT

Grey County Taxes

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

Grey County Taxes

 

Letter to the Editor

RE: GREY COUNTY TAXES 

The final tax bill in the Town of The Blue Mountains for 2013 shows 40% of our tax dollars go to County. If you read the information folder included with the tax bill you will see that 22% of taxes go to Education, 38% to the Town and 40% to County.

One of the little known facts is that with only 7,000 full time residents we contribute more tax dollars to Grey County than Owen Sound with a population of 22,000. We are the largest single contributor to the County. We pay $13 million while Owen Sound pays only $8 million. Does that make sense?

Back in 2003 the TBM paid $8M to County and Owen Sound paid $6M. The TBM had a population of 5,000 and Owen Sound had 17,000. You can see we have been paying high taxes to Grey for quite some time. The politicians will tell you it’s because of our high assessments. That’s only part of the story.

Owen Sound opted out of Grey County from 1920 until 2002. Why and what kind of deal did Grey give them to get back in?

Is it time our County representatives give answers as to why we should be paying 40% of our taxes to County? What have they done to make sure we are not subsidizing other municipalities in Grey?

At least that’s the way I see it.

Paul Mitchell

Thornbury, ON