Predictability provides a level of confidence and comfort for our residents, especially in taxes. I don’t know anyone who wants to see their property tax increase dramatically!
During my term of office, our Council worked hard to bring stability to our tax pressures. We adopted sound, responsible financial planning to minimize impacts to the tax levy.
Supplemental property taxes – unbudgeted property taxes that come online during year – have been used by many other Councils as a way to balance the budget. I don’t think that’s a viable long term strategy. Using supplemental taxes is like a drug – easy to get hooked, but much harder to get off. Budgeting for supplemental taxes is a way to artificially lower the tax rate … and it works, as long as those houses get built. But, if they don’t get built then you have a problem and that is why I have aggressively urged a process to get off this dependency – unfortunately, it takes a few years to withdraw! Under my leadership, we will get there.
Four years ago, I stated that “I do not promise to lower taxes – but I do promise to respect them.” And I honoured that promise. This Council has the best record of the last 10 years of managing your money. This is not just my opinion – or a feel good statement. It is a fact supported by numbers.
We have brought efficiencies to our operations and we recognize that we have to plan for the future by putting money aside in our reserves. By doing that planning now, we bring long term stability to Aurora.
We formed a group with our neighbouring municipalities – King, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury and Georgina called the Northern Six, or N6.
Under this collaboration, we have achieved savings in areas such as:
- Waste Management
- Auditing Services
And, we are always looking for more opportunities to collaborate.
Streamlining services, joint agreements – these are the kinds of things that a forward thinking council does. Lowering costs while maintaining the level of service that our residents want and deserve. My continued leadership will bring stability of costs and services to our residents and our community.
As we move into the next 4 years, if elected, I will continue ensure sound fiscal management of our tax dollars by:
- Advocating strategic planning to reduce property tax pressures
- Furthers high quality Town services for residents and businesses
- Support a positive work environment for Town employees