Should Municipal Government Be Scrapped
In a recent Article in a Local Paper one Georgina resident is asking the town to help eliminate the nine municipal governments within York Region. He is asking the town to eliminate itself or at least study the possibility.
He seems to think that it would save the taxpayer money but I would disagree with him. There would be a push to harmonize the pay scale across the Region, to the highest level, and there would be an increases in the Regional bureaucracy Most, if not all and more, of the employees of the municipal governments would find jobs in that new bureaucracy at higher rates of pay.
Were would the savings come from? As I see it the only reduction would be in the number of members of council with many that remain getting pay increases.
I believe some municipal taxpayers might see a benifit over the short term as the local municipal tax rate is different across the region. Given that some areas have much lower market values their properrty taxes should go down in an amalgamated region while those who live in prime areas with higher valuse will see their taxes go up.
The closer government is to the taxpayer who pays the bill the better chance the taxpayer has of affecting that level of governments spending.
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