Split from city won't happen

News Jul 24, 2008 Flamborough Review

De-amalgamation will never happen! Why? Because it would bankrupt the City of Hamilton.

The reason it happened in the first place was all to do with tax income. The City of Hamilton had pushed itself to its boundaries - it had no further opportunity for expansion of its tax base.

No expansion means no more tax dollars; therefore any increase in tax revenue could only come from within, increasing residents' taxes, developing brownfields etc. But whatever was done would have had to be done within city limits.

The surrounding suburbs, on the other hand, had lots of room for growth - lots of opportunity to expand their tax base.

The province of Ontario had a choice: bail out Hamilton with cash or use the suburbs to bail out the city through amalgamation.

This was forced on us. Very few residents in the suburbs think this amalgamation was a good idea but what recourse do we have?

We are a minority and our voices are being drowned out by the turmoil at the bottom of the hill.

Cam Brown, Strabane

Split from city won't happen

News Jul 24, 2008 Flamborough Review

De-amalgamation will never happen! Why? Because it would bankrupt the City of Hamilton.

The reason it happened in the first place was all to do with tax income. The City of Hamilton had pushed itself to its boundaries - it had no further opportunity for expansion of its tax base.

No expansion means no more tax dollars; therefore any increase in tax revenue could only come from within, increasing residents' taxes, developing brownfields etc. But whatever was done would have had to be done within city limits.

The surrounding suburbs, on the other hand, had lots of room for growth - lots of opportunity to expand their tax base.

The province of Ontario had a choice: bail out Hamilton with cash or use the suburbs to bail out the city through amalgamation.

This was forced on us. Very few residents in the suburbs think this amalgamation was a good idea but what recourse do we have?

We are a minority and our voices are being drowned out by the turmoil at the bottom of the hill.

Cam Brown, Strabane

Split from city won't happen

News Jul 24, 2008 Flamborough Review

De-amalgamation will never happen! Why? Because it would bankrupt the City of Hamilton.

The reason it happened in the first place was all to do with tax income. The City of Hamilton had pushed itself to its boundaries - it had no further opportunity for expansion of its tax base.

No expansion means no more tax dollars; therefore any increase in tax revenue could only come from within, increasing residents' taxes, developing brownfields etc. But whatever was done would have had to be done within city limits.

The surrounding suburbs, on the other hand, had lots of room for growth - lots of opportunity to expand their tax base.

The province of Ontario had a choice: bail out Hamilton with cash or use the suburbs to bail out the city through amalgamation.

This was forced on us. Very few residents in the suburbs think this amalgamation was a good idea but what recourse do we have?

We are a minority and our voices are being drowned out by the turmoil at the bottom of the hill.

Cam Brown, Strabane