WHEREAS seniors living In our community have indicated to Councillors and elected officials that they have a limited ability to pay property taxes – forcing them to consider selling their homes;
AND WHEREAS many seniors live on a fixed income and often live at the poverty level once retired;
AND WHEREAS it is desirable and cost effective to individuals and their communities for seniors to continue living in their homes for as long as possible;
NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PORT COLBORNE RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
1 . That the Government of Ontario be requested to develop a new system of calculating property taxes, which in addition to assessed property value, takes age and income into consideration so that seniors pay less in property taxes than the average working individual.
- That this resolution be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Finance, local Members of Provincial Parliament, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Region of Niagara and Local Area Municipalities for support.
The motion above was passed on Monday November 24 at our last meeting of this term of council. It should begin the process of discussion and resolution to the hardship that some of our seniors experience. They can often live at the poverty level once retired. There already exists a program that presently helps seniors with their property taxes. It is managed by the province of Ontario. Go to this link to get more details to see if you qualify for this program. It indicates that individuals can receive up to $500.00.
Port Colborne is starting to replace all city street lights with LED lighting. The information we now have indicates that it will pay itself off within a short time-a few years. These lights are warrantied for 10 years and all indications are that they will all be up and running by May of 2015. The company that won the tender will be starting in December by replacing all lights that CNP report are out and need replacing. Everyone must realize that these lights are very directional and will light the street and not inside the houses as the present lights do. Light will go where the fixture is directed. The LED lighting is considered the most efficient form of lighting. Only time will tell if we can save a considerable amount of money in doing so….. Have a great week. Remember inauguration of the new term of council was on Monday December 1 at 7:00 pm in council chambers on the 3rd floor of city hall.