Whatever you think of Premier Doug Ford’s proposals to change the rules for collecting vehicle registrations and taxes in Ontario, his latest announcement is simple: fairness. “We need to get this done,” he tweeted Thursday morning. “Time to fix a messed up system. Time to provide equal treatment,” he added.
What a brilliant start to the Liberal and NDP Attack Conventions of the Ontario Liberal Party.
Ford’s biggest change might be his policy to have more than one vehicle registration on a single location.
But that’s only the beginning. Ford announced that the province will suspend its 40-year-old, four-level property tax system, which allows for, “least-hav[ing] value.” This idea makes sense. As Mike Adams notes in National Review, Ontario has the second-highest property taxes in Canada. Why? Because they’re land-value-adjusted. The property taxes paid by more valuable homes are less than those paid by, say, a $5,000,000 home. Why not have homestead exemptions for people with a little more to lose?
I will not comment on Ford’s multiple-tier and urban roadway proposals. For that, I offer to you my response to the almost 4,000 comments collected on SFW’s Wheels blog.
Essentially, I am very torn by Ford’s tax changes. But for those who believe in simplicity, fairness and simplicity. any of the side effects should weigh in favour of putting such a system in place. When I first heard the news yesterday, I wondered how Ford, who is not a politician, got such an educated collection of people to write such impassioned posts. Now I’m grateful that they did so.