Petition to Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, John Oswald
Protest unfair garbage-collection fees in Toronto
The City of Toronto is phasing out fee rebates for homeowners who have small or medium-sized garbage bins over the next few years. The stated aim is that garbage collection will then be fully funded by user-fees. When the phase out is complete, however, homeowners who have small and medium-size bins will pay substantially more for garbage/recycling collection on a per litre basis than people with large and extra-large bins—as much as 2.5 times more. Households with extra-large bins will be paying $1.38 per litre of waste, while those with small bins will pay $3.46 per litre. How equitable does that sound? If we follow this logic, filling stations should charge people who drive fuel-efficient cars more per litre of fuel than those who drive gas-guzzlers. City Council focuses on the gross cost of each bin size, but the per litre cost is inequitable. We suggest you look at the costs, calculate the increases and decide for yourself. The numbers are available on your utility bill and on the city's Solid Waste Management Services website along with options for garbage collection. If you agree the rebate phase-out is unfair, please sign our petition, contact your councillor and talk to your friends and neighbours. If you'd like to contact us, we can be reached at email@example.com. Cooper Langford (Leslieville) and Lies Lambermont (Leslieville)
Petition to Serge Rousselle
Change the Property Tax System in New Brunswick
Is it fair that we pay property tax on the contents of our homes - like our fridges, our stoves - after we have already paid sales tax on them? Is it fair that we pay property tax on real estate fees (because these fees are included in the price of the house)? Or how about on the HST from the sale of a newly purchased home? While it is not clear how Service New Brunswick comes up with their assessments of our homes' value, it IS clear that the property tax system in New Brunswick is severely flawed and needs to be fixed. Homes are assigned property values seemingly at random, without consistency either within neighbourhoods or between those neighbourhoods using similar municipal services. As such, we respectfully request that the Minister initiate reform of the property tax system, such that there is: A formula that all homeowners can use themselves to anticipate future tax costs and make financial decisions accordingly; Accessible, easy-to-read website and transparent materials that enable the homeowner to understand the system; An alternative governance model for a reformed system, that includes citizen participation; and A working group of taxpayers that steward the reform process, in addition to citizen engagement on possible changes.