Friday, September 21, 2018


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Reader- If Staff Proposed to Buy an Elephant, Council Would Ask "What Colour?"

Dear Editor,

The $923,500 Meaford  2013 surplus budget makes taxpayers wonder whether or not council and senior staff are acting prudently on behalf of taxpayers. The money was raised from a 7.8% tax increase, which was preceded by four years of double digit increases.

But, there is more money that was raised in the Capital Budget, which ended the year with a $425,640 surplus. Between the operating and capital tax payer support budgets,that's more than $1.3 million  of surplus money for 2013. Was a 2% tax increase really necessary?

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Reader Thoughts on Meaford Surplus


Any surplus money that Meaford has above its budget in any fiscal year should be returned to taxpayers as a credit on their next tax payment.

This council voted a tax increase for 2014.

At the public pre-budget meetings taxpayers mad it very clear to council that they wanted tax relief. Council refused to act on these concerns. Any new projects should require budget approval. It is hard to believe that budget projections were so far off actual revenue income.

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Reader Takes Corporate Giants to Task Over Low Wages


One would think that it would be relatively easy for corporate giants like McDonald's and Tim Hortons to pay their front-line employees, who are not students, a few dollars an hour above minimum wage.   

After all, there are some small independent businesses in Meaford who are able to do so, while competing for the same customers. Those small businesses should be complimented for having the moral ethics to admit that good employees deserve more than poverty wages.      

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