Every year I’m charged THOUSANDS OF
DOLLARS for a list of “services” the
government claims I’ve purchased from
them as a “customer.” Yet my property
doesn’t receive ANY of these alleged
“services.” In fact, some of the “services”
are just taxes and nothing more. My rural
land doesn’t receive water or sewer or
garbage pickup or anything else from the
government. The only thing they provide
is electricity which I purchase separately
at an extremely reasonable rate.

This year, after paying my repulsive
property tax bill, I got a ten-page (!) letter
informing me that they want to increase
the “maximum” rate on a specific tax to
raise money to purchase two new fire
engines for a fire department. This is one
of the so-called “services” I’m billed for
that I don’t use. In fact, I bet very few
people per capita have ever called upon
the services of a fire department. This is
not a widely used service.

As is consistent with everything about
property tax, I found the letter to be
deceptive and misleading. Allow me to
explain the problems I had with it and
why, to me, these problems invalidate it
as a document that can be used for legal
purposes of any kind.

For starters, saying they’re going to put a
“maximum” rate on a tax is a joke since
taxes DON’T HAVE maximum rates.
They’re simply planning on implementing
a new rate, not a maximum rate.

Next, they don’t state whether or not the
increase, if it goes through, will show up
on my property tax bill or if I’ll be
charged separately. Something they DO
state is that if the rate hike is approved,
I’ll be charged a fee for the year 2017.
And since I’ve already paid my 2017
property tax that suggests it could be a
separate bill, although that seems
unlikely.

Additionally, my property tax bill is
issued by the provincial government and
that’s who I pay my taxes to. Yet this
letter I got came from a local government
office. It just doesn’t make sense that any
entity other than the provincial
government would have control of a bill
that we’re told is solely controlled by the
province.

In the letter, they drew up a table which
shows how much tax I’ll be expected to
pay for several years. The amount
increases every year from $68.13 for
2017 up to $103.64 for 2022 on a per
$100,000 basis. This is a mind-blowing
FIFTY-TWO PERCENT increase! FIFTY-
TWO PERCENT!!!

Further, by ending the table at the year
2022 the reader might get the impression
that the tax rate increases last for no
more than six years to pay for the fire
engines. However, according to the
document, the fire engine purchase won’t
be completed for TWENTY YEARS. As
such, there’s no reason to believe that the
annual tax hikes won’t continue
indefinitely after the year 2022. The rate
increase does not have an expiration date
on it. Nowhere does it say that the rate is
temporary and will revert back to the
previous rate at any point.

And what is this $100,000 figure? The
problem here is, they don’t actually say
what the $100,000 refers to. This dollar
number could be pegged to an assessment
I receive every year which puts an
arbitrary value on my property, but I don’t
know.

As far as the justification for the increase
is concerned, it aggravates me that ANY
extra money would be demanded to
purchase equipment for a fire department
considering I already pay a substantial
fire department levy on my property tax
bill. On the last bill it was $461.50. I’ve
never before heard of an institution
demanding additional funds to purchase
the basic tools they require to function.
Are we asked to pay additional fees for
police cars for the cops? Or for X-ray
machines for the hospital? Of course not!
It seems to me that if all of a sudden a
fire department needs a big increase for
something as fundamental as fire engines
there’s something wrong going on.

Also absurd is the notion that they’d want
to charge me for the purchase of fire
engines since I doubt very much a fire
engine could even travel down my rural
driveway to reach my house. This is
simply NOT a service I could ever use.
And this is all exacerbated by the fact that
this region is OVER-SERVICED by fire
departments. There already is at least one
in the town plus another one in the rural
outskirts where I live. No other services
such as ambulance, hospital or police are
duplicated. A separate fire hall is
unnecessary too.

Now, they did provide a way of
challenging the tax increase. But they
presented it in an underhanded manner
that revealed a devious way of conducting
what amounted to a quasi vote on the
matter.

Those who opposed the rate hike could
contest it by completing a form that was
provided and filing it at their office. But
those who were in favor of the tax
increase were not required to take any
action at all. Is that fair? No it isn’t. It’s
totally rigged in favor of the government
pushing the tax hike through. They set it
up so that the “yes” voters could just sit
back and do nothing while the “no” voters
were forced to make an effort to get their
objection heard. The vote was done in a
one-sided manner that favored the tax
increase. It was grossly unfair to make it
substantially more difficult to oppose the
tax increase than to be in favor of it and in
my mind this unfairness invalidated the
process altogether.

Even when I showed up at the government
office to file my objection, a staff person
explained to me that if I didn’t oppose the
tax increase I didn’t have to do anything at
all. Yeah, I DID notice how unfair the
process is, thank you very much!

Looking at the material provided, the vote
was presented in such a way that we’re
expected to accept that those who did not
file an objection were in favor of the tax
increase. But is that true? No it isn’t. It
simply means they were silent on the
matter, it does not mean they support it. It
is not known if the people who did not
file an objection were in favor of, or
opposed to, the increase.

Further, they stated that corporations
that owned property were not entitled to
register an objection. Wow! It seems to
me that corporate owners should have
just as much right to vote on something
that affects them as everyone else. It was
shocking to read this admission from the
government that they openly discriminate
against corporations like that. Frankly, it
struck me as unlawful to exclude a group
of landowners from this inquiry process.

What makes the exclusion even more
unfair is that virtually EVERYONE ELSE
was included in the voting group whether
they owned property or not. That’s right,
it wasn’t just property owners who had a
say in this matter, but ALL RESIDENTS
of the area in question.
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property doesn’t receive ANY of these alleged “services.” In fact, some of the
“services” are just taxes and nothing more. My rural land doesn’t receive water or
sewer or garbage pickup or anything else from the government. The only thing they
provide is electricity which I purchase separately at an extremely reasonable rate.

This year, after paying my repulsive property tax bill, I got a ten-page (!) letter
informing me that they want to increase the “maximum” rate on a specific tax to raise
money to purchase two new fire engines for a fire department. This is one of the so-
called “services” I’m billed for that I don’t use. In fact, I bet very few people per
capita have ever called upon the services of a fire department. This is not a widely
used service.

As is consistent with everything about property tax, I found the letter to be deceptive
and misleading. Allow me to explain the problems I had with it and why, to me, these
problems invalidate it as a document that can be used for legal purposes of any kind.

For starters, saying they’re going to put a “maximum” rate on a tax is a joke since
taxes DON’T HAVE maximum rates. They’re simply planning on implementing a
new rate, not a maximum rate.

Next, they don’t state whether or not the increase, if it goes through, will show up on
my property tax bill or if I’ll be charged separately. Something they DO state is that if
the rate hike is approved, I’ll be charged a fee for the year 2017. And since I’ve
already paid my 2017 property tax that suggests it could be a separate bill, although
that seems unlikely.

Additionally, my property tax bill is issued by the provincial government and that’s
who I pay my taxes to. Yet this letter I got came from a local government office. It
just doesn’t make sense that any entity other than the provincial government would
have control of a bill that we’re told is solely controlled by the province.

In the letter, they drew up a table which shows how much tax I’ll be expected to pay
for several years. The amount increases every year from $68.13 for 2017 up to
$103.64 for 2022 on a per $100,000 basis. This is a mind-blowing FIFTY-TWO
PERCENT increase! FIFTY-TWO PERCENT!!!

Further, by ending the table at the year 2022 the reader might get the impression that
the tax rate increases last for no more than six years to pay for the fire engines.
However, according to the document, the fire engine purchase won’t be completed
for TWENTY YEARS. As such, there’s no reason to believe that the annual tax
hikes won’t continue indefinitely after the year 2022. The rate increase does not have
an expiration date on it. Nowhere does it say that the rate is temporary and will revert
back to the previous rate at any point.

And what is this $100,000 figure? The problem here is, they don’t actually say what
the $100,000 refers to. This dollar number could be pegged to an assessment I
receive every year which puts an arbitrary value on my property, but I don’t know.

As far as the justification for the increase is concerned, it aggravates me that ANY
extra money would be demanded to purchase equipment for a fire department
considering I already pay a substantial fire department levy on my property tax bill.
On the last bill it was $461.50. I’ve never before heard of an institution demanding
additional funds to purchase the basic tools they require to function. Are we asked to
pay additional fees for police cars for the cops? Or for X-ray machines for the
hospital? Of course not! It seems to me that if all of a sudden a fire department needs
a big increase for something as fundamental as fire engines there’s something wrong
going on.

Also absurd is the notion that they’d want to charge me for the purchase of fire
engines since I doubt very much a fire engine could even travel down my rural
driveway to reach my house. This is simply NOT a service I could ever use. And this
is all exacerbated by the fact that this region is OVER-SERVICED by fire
departments. There already is at least one in the town plus another one in the rural
outskirts where I live. No other services such as ambulance, hospital or police are
duplicated. A separate fire hall is unnecessary too.

Now, they did provide a way of challenging the tax increase. But they presented it in
an underhanded manner that revealed a devious way of conducting what amounted to
a quasi vote on the matter.

Those who opposed the rate hike could contest it by completing a form that was
provided and filing it at their office. But those who were in favor of the tax increase
were not required to take any action at all. Is that fair? No it isn’t. It’s totally rigged in
favor of the government pushing the tax hike through. They set it up so that the “yes”
voters could just sit back and do nothing while the “no” voters were forced to make
an effort to get their objection heard. The vote was done in a one-sided manner that
favored the tax increase. It was grossly unfair to make it substantially more difficult to
oppose the tax increase than to be in favor of it and in my mind this unfairness
invalidated the process altogether.

Even when I showed up at the government office to file my objection, a staff person
explained to me that if I didn’t oppose the tax increase I didn’t have to do anything at
all. Yeah, I DID notice how unfair the process is, thank you very much!

Looking at the material provided, the vote was presented in such a way that we’re
expected to accept that those who did not file an objection were in favor of the tax
increase. But is that true? No it isn’t. It simply means they were silent on the matter, it
does not mean they support it. It is not known if the people who did not file an
objection were in favor of, or opposed to, the increase.

Further, they stated that corporations that owned property were not entitled to
register an objection. Wow! It seems to me that corporate owners should have just as
much right to vote on something that affects them as everyone else. It was shocking
to read this admission from the government that they openly discriminate against
corporations like that. Frankly, it struck me as unlawful to exclude a group of
landowners from this inquiry process.

What makes the exclusion even more unfair is that virtually EVERYONE ELSE was
included in the voting group whether they owned property or not. That’s right, it
wasn’t just property owners who had a say in this matter, but ALL RESIDENTS of
the area in question.

And to top it off, after all that, they stated that if the vote result was in favor of a tax
hike the increase would be implemented, but if it wasn’t they would pursue the
increase AGAIN by putting it to yet another vote. Jeez. ANOTHER VOTE??? This is
the kind of hostile resistance property owners get from the government. If they get
their way it’s final but if not they’ll go after us again. And probably again. And again.

I think it’s wrong to ask the public to vote on tax penalties that only affect one group
of people. Governments are expected to be able to handle the implementation of
necessary taxes in a responsible manner on their own on an internal basis.

And anyway, if the government wants to purchase something why the hell should
property owners be expected to pay for it? We’ve already paid more than our share
with overblown taxes. If they want to purchase equipment they should just go ahead
and buy it with their own capital and leave property owners out of it. It’s simply not
our business. This is an example of how property owners get unfairly singled out to
foot the bill when the government needs money.

Ultimately, I don’t believe there should be ANY taxes charged to property owners.
Property owners should not be forced to fund government projects exclusively where
non-property owning residents (such as renters) have to pay nothing. The
government must relinquish the stranglehold it has on us and abolish these taxes
completely. Anything provided to owners should be done on a pay-per-use basis
only. If you need the fire department then you call them up and they can then charge
you accordingly on an individual usage basis, just like they do with our electricity
bills. Imagine paying a four hundred dollar electric bill every year when you don’t use
the service. That’s basically what’s happening here.

These kinds of tax schemes demonstrate how it’s far too easy for the government to
rip property owners off with fake bills for phony services. It’s time for them to put an
end to the fraud and let private business handle services that are demanded by
homeowners. It would greatly reduce the stench of corruption and it would be better
for homeowners too.

However, the problem is that not only does the government want our money, but they
want our land too. And this is how they get it, by pushing us away with higher tax
levies. Property owners have no rights nor do we have a voice in today’s media
landscape. But that’s got to change. We’ve got to stand up for our right to own land
free and clear of government extortion scams.

It’s an affront to ask me to pay more and more for an obscure service I’ll never use
such as a fire department. A service I could use is garbage disposal, if for no other
reason than to dispose of the trash the government mails out like this ten-page tax
increase proposal. In fact, instead of coming up with phony maximum rates on taxes,
I’d much rather see a new, and REDUCED, maximum rate on the bullshit they send
through the MAIL.
The biggest scam around is property tax.
The bill I get is absolutely horrendous.
Every year I’m charged THOUSANDS
OF DOLLARS for a list of “services”
the government claims I’ve purchased
from them as a “customer.” Yet my
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And to top it off, after all that, they stated
that if the vote result was in favor of a tax
hike the increase would be implemented,
but if it wasn’t they would pursue the
increase AGAIN by putting it to yet
another vote. Jeez. ANOTHER VOTE???
This is the kind of hostile resistance
property owners get from the
government. If they get their way it’s final
but if not they’ll go after us again. And
probably again. And again.

I think it’s wrong to ask the public to vote
on tax penalties that only affect one
group of people. Governments are
expected to be able to handle the
implementation of necessary taxes in a
responsible manner on their own on an
internal basis.

And anyway, if the government wants to
purchase something why the hell should
property owners be expected to pay for
it? We’ve already paid more than our
share with overblown taxes. If they want
to purchase equipment they should just
go ahead and buy it with their own capital
and leave property owners out of it. It’s
simply not our business. This is an
example of how property owners get
unfairly singled out to foot the bill when
the government needs money.

Ultimately, I don’t believe there should
be ANY taxes charged to property
owners. Property owners should not be
forced to fund government projects
exclusively where non-property owning
residents (such as renters) have to pay
nothing. The government must relinquish
the stranglehold it has on us and abolish
these taxes completely. Anything
provided to owners should be done on a
pay-per-use basis only. If you need the
fire department then you call them up and
they can then charge you accordingly on
an individual usage basis, just like they do
with our electricity bills. Imagine paying
a four hundred dollar electric bill every
year when you don’t use the service.
That’s basically what’s happening here.

These kinds of tax schemes demonstrate
how it’s far too easy for the government
to rip property owners off with fake bills
for phony services. It’s time for them to
put an end to the fraud and let private
business handle services that are
demanded by homeowners. It would
greatly reduce the stench of corruption
and it would be better for homeowners
too.

However, the problem is that not only
does the government want our money, but
they want our land too. And this is how
they get it, by pushing us away with higher
tax levies. Property owners have no rights
nor do we have a voice in today’s media
landscape. But that’s got to change.
We’ve got to stand up for our right to
own land free and clear of government
extortion scams.

It’s an affront to ask me to pay more and
more for an obscure service I’ll never use
such as a fire department. A service I
could use is garbage disposal, if for no
other reason than to dispose of the trash
the government mails out like this ten-
page tax increase proposal. In fact,
instead of coming up with phony
maximum rates on taxes, I’d much rather
see a new, and REDUCED, maximum rate
on the bullshit they send through the
MAIL.