Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mississauga 'Duping Taxpayers' Update

To the credit of Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish, she called the CTF to respond to the post this morning (see below) about council's reduction of the infrastructure surtax to 1% from the original 5%.

Ms. Parrish politely admitted she may have made the remark attributed to her in the National Post. She went on to make a few important points with which it is easy to agree:
1. that taxpayers should not be played like violins; and
2. the federal government should not be on the hook as municipalities are creatures of the province.

Ms. Parrish suggested that it had not been a plan all along to raise and then lower the tax. She explained that public backlash over the surtax motivated the change.

It was a generous move on her bahalf to call and clarify her remarks and Ms. Parrish deserves due credit for having done so.

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