Sault Residents Unfairly Pay More
Ring Committed to 4-Year Tax Freeze
Mayor’s Reckless Spending Driving Up Your Property Taxes
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - September 20, 2018 (LSN) The residents of Sault Ste. Marie continue to be subjected to out-of-control tax increases that are making life unaffordable for families, seniors and businesses.
When the Mayor was campaigning during the last election he said on October 16, 2014 that former Mayor Debbie Amaroso was misleading residents about the rate of residential property taxes.
He said “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.”
“It is unfortunate that the Mayor is circulating misleading information on our property taxes,” said Provenzano.
He said, “Recently Amaroso distributed campaign material claiming that Sault Ste. Marie property taxes are the “lowest taxes in Northern Ontario. However, the numbers don’t add up.”
Correct. They didn’t add up then and they don’t add up now. You still pay more tax in the Sault and here is how much more:
If you compare the 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)
Additionally, if annual the Provincial Government’s Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) is added, the City of Sault Ste. Marie receives more provincial funding per household than in Sudbury or North Bay.
Again on October 16, 2014 the Mayor said, “Despite receiving more money per household than neighboring cities we are still paying more in property taxes,” adds Provenzano. “These are simply the facts and they should not be misrepresented. They should be acknowledged honestly and addressed.”
“What is unfortunate, is that after making these comments the Mayor chose to increase the burden on local residents by raising 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.”