Alternative facts are often incomplete
RE: Something doesn’t add up on my tax bill (Feb. 6)
What ‘doesn’t add up’ for writer Mr. Barlow is his assertion that an 8.90909 per cent increase in assessment causes an 8.90909 per cent increase in his taxes. Tax rates have yet to be set for 2017. If the average assessment increase for Waterdown comes in at say 12 per cent, then his taxes will actually go down, not up, because he is below the average.
Next thing to ask is, does anybody out there believe Waterdown’s real estate market has gone up by less than 12 per cent over four years? This same market data drives assessments currently levied as of January 1, 2016, so the resounding answer must be, heck no!
The city has to set tax rates before exact conclusions can be made on how much tax will change for any given property. Their decision includes the amount of spending to be recouped through taxes, and allocation of that tax burden between residential properties and business properties.
One problem with alternative facts is that they are often simply and conveniently, incomplete. Emil Andrew Sekerak, Hamilton