Letter to the Editor: Elizabeth F. Marshall

Dear Editor

It has been found that there is a why property assessment must be at the Municipal level.  This involves one's democratic rights and the ability of the tax-payer to have immediate recourse, not being thwarted by the Assessment Review Board process. 

The Board of Directors for MPAC is to consist of 8 individuals who are elected officials, officers or employees of a municipality, 5 representing tax-payers and 2 representing the province. 

Municipal Representatives - 7:

Keith Hobbs, Mayor of the City of Thunder Bay

Ken Hughes Auditor General - City of Ottawa, Past President -Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association.

Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford.

Bill Rayburn C.A.O., County of Middlesex.

Roberto Rossini - City of Toronto's Deputy City Manager & C.F.O.

Walter Sendzik, Mayor of St. Catharines.

Mary Smith, Mayor of the Township of Selwyn - Council Member County of Peterborough.

Could this not be considered a conflict of interest considering they can increase assessments for Municipal/Provincial Corporate interests? 

Tax-payer's Representatives - 4.

Alf Chaiton, President of Tweedsmuir Green Power Group, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Ottawa, Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, and Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa.

Lesley Gallinger VP of Corporate Services and CFO for the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

Bev Hodgson, Barrister and Solicitor, Bev Hodgson Law.

Don Redmond, Royal LePage Realty past Ontario Hydro, past President of Holstead and Redmond Land Surveyors, led innovative technology, municipal, provincial and federal levels projects.

Some may have conflicts when representing tax-payers so can tax-payers rely on these appointees?

Province - 1:  David P. Setterington CPA Ontario and CPA Canada. 

Without the required members of a Board of Directors is MPAC in violation of their Act?

Secondly, an assessor is to live in the town, village, city, etc., that he/she is assessing.  This is why Municipal elections used to be yearly, because if the Councils or their assessors were out of line, you had the opportunity to elect people who would fix the problem of over-assessment and bad budgeting.

Thirdly, in "Investing in People: Creating a Human Capital Society" it states "Given the experience with direct democracy in (e.g., California)… It should not be used for ... the desirable level of taxes."  California almost went bankrupt, because of their democratic tax system. 

MPAC payment formula as of 2015:

$2.3 trillion (assessed property values) + 5 million (number of properties) ÷ 2 x (times) the amount that the Corporation considers necessary to pay for its operations during the taxation year.

The "New Demo-Progressive-Con-Liberal Party" has ensured you, the tax-payer, will go bankrupt instead of the province.  They're all the same and they are all to blame.

Elizabeth F. Marshall,

Director of Research Ontario Landowners Association

Author – Property Rights 101:  An Introduction”

Secretary – Canadian Justice Review Board

Legal Research – Green and Associates Law Offices, etc

Legislative Researcher – MPs, MPPs, Mun. Councilors

President All Rights Research Ltd.,

Steering Committee – International Property Rights Association

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