Property taxes are currently based on the market value assessment of both land and building of a particular property. This penalizes relatively efficient land users (condos and apartments) and subsidizes inefficient land users (gas stations, parking lots, vacant lots, detached housing). Switching to property taxes based on the value of land alone, as found in Hong Kong and Singapore, will resolve this disparity.
The province requires municipalities to provide a 30% rebate of the property tax bill for commercial space which is vacant for more than 90 days. This encourages inefficient use of the space and effectively increases the property tax burden for the other property taxpayers.
Developers with deep pockets are intimidating Municipalities into supporting non optimum developments because Municipalities and public interveners cannot afford an expensive OMB fight. Hence, to level the playing field Developers should be required to help fund legitimate intervention up to the level of their own legal costs.
Change the fiscal year for municipalities so it is the same as the provincial government. It seems that after the municipal calendar year books are closed the province "belches" more money for closed and audited programs (esp in Health & Social Services care).
The province has a range of permitted property tax ratios relative to residential properties. This effectively results in residential property taxes being the only permitted type of property which can be increased, as the other classifications typically exceed the current maximum ratio threshold. Given the fact that a large proportion of the municipal budget is derived from local sources (primarily property taxes), the ...more »
Merging all property tax categories into a single property tax category will result in a simpler, cheaper and more predictable means of determining property values.
The province requires municipalities from providing a 30% rebate off the property tax bill for commercial space which is occupied by non-profits. This encourages inefficient use of the space and effectively increases the property tax burden for the property owners.
The cost of an election campaign is correlated with the number of electors in a riding. So, mayoral campaigns are more costly than a city council election, resulting in the mayor being more prone to being influenced by "special interests". I propose that the mayor only have the power to sign legislation approved by the municipal legislature. The composition of committees, including chairpeople, and speaker of the legislature ...more »
Now, before all you people who are super pro-fluoride get all riled up, I'm not just going to bash fluoride through this entire proposal, so calm yourselves down and hear me out. Firstly, in North America, there are many many communities who put fluoride into their water systems, supposedly to help prevent cavities. I would like to see this practice banned. Not just because fluoride is of questionable safety (there are ...more »
How much money is invested each year to picking up leaves? Probably tens if not thousands of dollars. Are they really such a hazard? At the same time Ontario has thousands of men, women and children who remain or are at risk of ending up on the street. The provincial government should not allow municipalities to allocate any money to getting leaves off the street until all people are off the street. Alternatively, the ...more »
Split off the core* of the city of Toronto to form a new municipality. Policies that work at King and Bay do not work nearly as well in Rexdale and Malvern. If we plan to have a successful province we need to ensure it's economic engine is running properly. To do this I propose a new municipality consisting of only the "Core" downtown areas of Toronto, where all the biggest bank towers are. *Defined as: South of the ...more »
Municipal, school board trustee, provincial and federal elections should occur on the same date, which will increase voter turnout and lower administrative and campaigning costs. The schedule would likely have to change in the event that a provincial or federal election is called prematurely.