Acid test on tax fairness is number of distress sales

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Taxes should reflect services received, Nov. 27 The News.

Although different groups of taxpayers will always feel they are bearing an unfair tax load, some common misconceptions can help fuel these feelings.

The author of the letter in question laments that he does not have city sidewalks, water or sewage. While this is true, the simple fact is he did not pay for them. Houses in the city are built by developers who buy raw land, service it with the services mentioned above, build houses and add their costs to the purchase price of the house.

Every year taxpayers pay for the use of these services on separate bills that rural dwellers don’t seem to know about. The cost of water and sewage rates would far outweigh any costs associated with wells and septic systems.

The other services mentioned in the letter are available to him. The simple acid test on the fairness of taxes is that if they were so unfair, rural residents would be flocking to the city to take advantage of the system. Funny, I don’t see any distress sales of rural properties because of unfair taxes.

Paul John Phillips, Dundas

Acid test on tax fairness is number of distress sales

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Taxes should reflect services received, Nov. 27 The News.

Although different groups of taxpayers will always feel they are bearing an unfair tax load, some common misconceptions can help fuel these feelings.

The author of the letter in question laments that he does not have city sidewalks, water or sewage. While this is true, the simple fact is he did not pay for them. Houses in the city are built by developers who buy raw land, service it with the services mentioned above, build houses and add their costs to the purchase price of the house.

Every year taxpayers pay for the use of these services on separate bills that rural dwellers don’t seem to know about. The cost of water and sewage rates would far outweigh any costs associated with wells and septic systems.

The other services mentioned in the letter are available to him. The simple acid test on the fairness of taxes is that if they were so unfair, rural residents would be flocking to the city to take advantage of the system. Funny, I don’t see any distress sales of rural properties because of unfair taxes.

Paul John Phillips, Dundas

Acid test on tax fairness is number of distress sales

News Dec 11, 2009 Ancaster News

Re: Taxes should reflect services received, Nov. 27 The News.

Although different groups of taxpayers will always feel they are bearing an unfair tax load, some common misconceptions can help fuel these feelings.

The author of the letter in question laments that he does not have city sidewalks, water or sewage. While this is true, the simple fact is he did not pay for them. Houses in the city are built by developers who buy raw land, service it with the services mentioned above, build houses and add their costs to the purchase price of the house.

Every year taxpayers pay for the use of these services on separate bills that rural dwellers don’t seem to know about. The cost of water and sewage rates would far outweigh any costs associated with wells and septic systems.

The other services mentioned in the letter are available to him. The simple acid test on the fairness of taxes is that if they were so unfair, rural residents would be flocking to the city to take advantage of the system. Funny, I don’t see any distress sales of rural properties because of unfair taxes.

Paul John Phillips, Dundas