Alarmist argument is alarmist
Re: Suburban communities threatened (May 5)
To undo amalgamation would require the duplication of a plethora of bureaucratic entities in each of the newly separated municipalities, and the money to sustain that simply doesn’t exist anymore. This is one of the ways we all benefit from amalgamation. I would postulate that the only reason things look OK right now is because of the tax revenue generated by the housing bubble, and when that bubble bursts (as bubbles always do) we’ll be right back to square one.
Further, I would like to call attention to the “2016 Residential Tax Rates by Community” document published by the city of Hamilton, in which all four categories of Ancaster residences are taxed at a lower rate than Hamilton’s single category.
In response to the idea that Ancaster and Dundas are under threat of dissolution, this is perhaps an alarmist position. Certainly they will not cease to exist as geographical and cultural entities, even if their political representation is re-examined to more accurately reflect population trends of the city as a whole. As for the erasure of history, given that humans have lived in this area for about 12,000 years (give or take), European settlement in general is a relatively recent occurrence.
However, if the author of the previous letter is determined to tilt with this particular windmill, far be it for me to tell them otherwise. Nicholas Moore, Hamilton