Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Development charges

Municipalities are restricted in how much development charges, used to pay for the capital cost of new infrastructure where buildings are constructed, can be collected. They are conservatively calculated (based on past usage rather than future usage), cannot be used for cultural facilities and hospitals (which explains why rapidly growing municipalities in the 905 region are underserved by hospitals), and 90% of the total ...more »

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MAKE THE SUPER RICH PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE

In these tough times, I believe that everyone should pay their fair share of tax. That's what the Fairer Tax is all about, and there are two things I would like to see the Ontario Liberal Party do: Make the super rich pay their fair share Currently it's too easy for the super rich to dodge paying their fair share of tax in the Province of Ontario. The Ontario Liberal Party should campaign to close these loopholes ...more »

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Eliminate the professional sports property tax category

A professional sports property tax category is a lower property tax rate than other commercial properties. This should end, especially taking into account what multiple of the average household income certain professional sports players and owners earn.

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Remove the 30% rebate for vacant commercial space

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.

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Remove property tax ratios

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 »

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Airports taxed as regular commercial properties

Airports tend to be an extremely inefficient use of the land (small portion occupied by buildings) and the air and noise pollution negatively affect nearby property values, and air travel is less efficient than rail and active transportation. Airports should be charged the normal property tax rate (I assume they currently receive the 30% property tax rebate due to being operated by a non-profit).

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Merge all property tax categories

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.

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Eliminate property tax subsidy component of OMPF

Over $500 million/year is transferred from the Ontario government to municipalities deemed to have an insufficient tax base to maintain certain levels of municipal service through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. This discourages municipalities from becoming more efficient, such as through changes to zoning, development charges, and property taxes to cause more compact land use. The property taxpayers of the city ...more »

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End property tax discrimination against tenants

In many municipalities, the "multi-residential" (apartment) property tax rate is higher than the residential property tax rate, even though the cost to provide services is lower (due to shorter median journey distances) and tenants tend to have a lower ability to pay compared to property owners. This is a major factor explaining why builders since the 1980s (when the federal and provincial subsidies to apartment builders ...more »

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Remove 30% property tax rebate for non-profits

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.

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Eliminate Ontario Senior Homeowners' Property tax grant

Why should seniors who are homeowners be granted greater rights than seniors who are tenants? If one cannot afford to pay property taxes, one cannot afford to remain where one resides. One has the option of moving to a smaller or higher-density dwelling unit, or accepting one or more paying tenant, reducing the overall cost of housing, transportation and government services. There are also studies which show that labour ...more »

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Eliminate Property Taxes and tax it differently

I understand that property taxes go mostly to cities, however I believe its against our civil liberties. Why should I pay taxes on something I own. For the most part I pay for the things I use. I pay for the amount of electricty I use, the more I use the more I pay, same for water which I pay for intake and outake. Roads are paid for by gasoline tax etc. I think each city should have a municipal tax instead of property ...more »

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