Some­thing doesn’t add up on my tax bill

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Hamil­ton taxes

The tar­geted tax in­crease is pointed out in this ar­ti­cle and the city is aim­ing for a 1.8 per cent in­crease over 2016.

I find it strange that the in­crease they are go­ing to get due to my prop­erty as­sess­ment in­crease of 8.90909 per cent over last year will al­ready re­sult in a $260.01 tax in­crease. This is ac­count­ing for the 6 Levy Types on my bill. Adding in the same Ed­u­ca­tion Levy as last year, in the ab­sence of any other amount, the in­crease re­mains at $260.01, but the per­cent­age in­crease is still 7.50253, ei­ther of which far ex­ceeds the 1.8 per cent goal and ob­vi­ously also the cur­rent 4.2 per cent level they are at­tempt­ing to re­duce.

What­ever the fi­nal in­crease, it will be ap­plied to the in­crease they’ll get au­to­mat­i­cally from my mount­ing as­sess­ment.

How does this make sense? Is the city ig­nor­ing this built-in tax in­crease? Bar­ring­ton J. Bar­low, Wa­ter­down

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