When I recently opened up my annual property tax notice, I was prepared for the worst.
After all, when millions of dollars in tax revenue from our mill evaporated, I would have expected to be personally picking up the slack.
Well, what a nice surprise.
Only a few dollars increased and that’s really a wash considering the province has also increased the homeowner grant as well.
It seems as though our city Council and staff have worked very hard to cut costs and keep the impact of lower tax revenue to a minimum.
Yes, there will be some displeased with cost cutting measures.
But just think, the uncut grass in our parks might actually increase oxygen output and could actually be good for the environment.
Heck, long grass will also cover up the tonnes of dog poop that is a favourite complaint of many residents, thus reducing the number of letters to the editor and thereby saving trees and ink!
So, thanks to our city staff, Mayor and Councillors for doing a good job balancing the books.
It is very much appreciated by me, the environment and my two dogs.