Having previously lived in Kitchener for eight years, I was curious how their tax increases compared with Guelph’s. For 2013, Kitchener was 1.39% versus Guelph’s 2.97%. For 2014, Kitchener is 1.17% versus Guelph’s 2.37%.
In the Dec. 10 Tribune article, our mayor was quoted saying, “We continue to close the gap between tax rate increases and CPI.” In fact, the gap for 2014 remains the same as 2013 – based on Stats Canada reports that show CPI through November is 0.9% and was 1.52% in the previous year.
Councillors Gloria Kovach, Cam Guthrie and the other two councillors who were pushing for a tax increase under 2% are really looking out for Guelph taxpayers.
Hopefully, good fiscal management becomes a key issue in the next election.