Exponential tax increases
Open Letter to South Glengarry Citizens:
Hello, neighbours. In the interest of conserving space, I have a very busy chart for you this week, with lots of data, requiring careful study. On the other hand, charts are pictures, and a picture is worth a thousand words! The Township of South Glengarry has many classes of property.
If you’ve been following my letters from past weeks, you’ve seen the rapid increase in farmland taxation. This week, let’s look at how different “classes” of property have been assessed, and rated, and taxed since amalgamation. I haven’t charted them all separately, only the four main groups: residential, farmland, commercial and industrial.
Residential (green bars) assessments have gone up steadily, and without any significant downward adjustment to the mill rate (green dashed line); therefore, residential tax revenues (upper solid green line) have more than trebled in the past two decades ($2.174M  to $7.260M ).
As discussed before, farmland assessments (red bars) have seen a very rapid uptrend in the past decade, with virtually no compensatory downward adjustment to the mill rate (red dashed line), and thus an unsustainable exponential growth in farmland taxation (solid red line). Since farmers (like me) pay residential tax as well as farmland tax, we’ve been enjoying both of these trends. Industrial and commercial taxation data are also shown on the chart in a similar fashion (black and blue, respectively).
Classic wisdom says that the only two things you can’t ever avoid in life are death and taxes. Well, if death is coming for me like these taxes are, I’ll have to take a break from this research to polish up my last will and testament!
Thanks once more to Lachlan McDonald and the staff of South Glengarry Township for providing this data, and to
and its readers for their continued interest. Shawn McRae, McRae Farms