WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ARE ACTUAL NEWSPAPER HEADLINES PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER 2015:
“Hydro fee hike may shock York Region seniors, young families”
“Land transfer tax: what you should know”
“York Region proposes 2.85% tax hike in 2016 budget”
“King Township user fee hikes on the horizon: report”
“East Gwillimbury in black today, but it won’t last: mayor”
“Proposed tax, water rate increases unchanged after budget talks”
“Water rates on the rise in King Township”
“Water rates to rise for Markham users”
“Newmarket taxes, water bills likely on the rise”
“Vaughan budget: draft document proposes three per cent tax hike”
“York Regional Police 3.7% budget hike request turned down by board”
Everywhere I look these days, I see stories about how our government wants more and more of your hard earned savings.
On November 27, 2015, Aurora Mayor, Geoff Dawe declared, “we need to find alternate sources of revenue versus the current user fees, taxes and development charges.”
Your local York Region politicians are dreaming up all sorts of schemes about how they can get their hands on your money.
But who is holding the politicians accountable for the more than $2,000,000,000 of public funds the York Region Council is spending in 2016?
And what is being done about the record amount of public debt that York Region is borrowing over the next 24 months?
Since its inception in January 2015, the York Region Taxpayers Coalition has been working hard with residents and other Ratepayers Groups to force our politicians to answer these tough questions and more.
We have been fighting to make our York Region Council adopt the same accountability and transparency measures that the City of Toronto has. These include appointing an Auditor General, a Lobbyist Registry, an Integrity Commissioner, and a Ombudsman.
In July of this year, we invited every single member of York Region Council and their lower tier municipal council colleagues to meet with us and former City of Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean to discuss accountability and transparency.
Not one politician accepted our invitation.
They have no problem raising your taxes, user fees, and development charges, as these November 2015 headlines show. But what happens when you ask them to be more accountable and transparent?
The politicians answer, “No bloody way.”
On December 1, 2015 many community based organizations are asking you to donate.
York Region Taxpayers Coalition is asking you to give today, too.
Give, before the politicians take.
Our organization has big plans to continue our advocacy for better York Region government. We can’t accomplish these plans without your support.
Here are a few ways you can help today:
1) Visit our website and donate on-line: www.yorktaxpayer.ca/get-involved/donate/
2) Mail a cheque payable to York Region Taxpayers Coalition to: York Region Taxpayers Coalition, P.O. Box 27502 Yorkdale Mall R.P.O. Toronto, ON M6A 3B8
4) Join our President’s Council by visiting www.yorktaxpayer.ca/get-involved/presidents-council/
5) Join as a premium member of the York Region Taxpayers Coalition. Visit our website www.yorktaxpayer.ca/get-involved/join/
There are also opportunities to support the York Region Taxpayers Coalition in a non-monetary way.
1) We are in need of volunteers in the following positions:
• Help organize events
• Attending council meetings or committee meetings and reporting back results of key votes
• Writing letters to the editor or promote the Coalition’s message via social media
• Writing articles for our website or newsletter
2) Or sign up as a supporter of the York Region Taxpayers coalition. Visit our website www.yorktaxpayer.ca/get-involved/join/
Please be generous in your support. The prosperity and well being of our communities within York Region depends on it.
Maddie Di Muccio
York Region Taxpayers Coalition