06/17/2007

AMO paper on the impact of high property taxes – driven by current provincial-municipal fiscal arrangements – on low income families, seniors on fixed incomes, and the social and economic prosperity of Ontario’s communities,
The linkages between poverty and health outcomes, educational outcomes and other indicators of well-being in the community are well known. There has been limited discussion, however, about the impact of high property taxes – driven by current provincial-municipal fiscal arrangements – on low income families, seniors on fixed incomes, and the social and economic prosperity of Ontario’s communities.

Ontario’s municipalities are essential to building strong, productive communities that drive our social and economic prosperity. Not only do they deliver important services such as public transit, environmental protection, and public health and safety, municipalities also construct, maintain, and operate the full spectrum of facilities required to support them. They are critical to promoting quality of life in our communities.