I live in Port Perry... or should I say 10 minutes from town in Scugog Township.
It seems that our town forgets about us out here... that is until it is tax time. We have no city septic, no city water, no natural gas, no fire hydrant! No safe main road to access our properties. Snow removal is sketchy (only down the middle of the road) although in fairness to the snow maintenance driver, you can’t really drive on most of our road anyway. Our school children will tell you that their little bodies get so shook up going to and from school, that they are still vibrating when they get off the bus. I am surprised that we haven’t had a tragedy involving a cyclist I believe that every driver here has had a close call.
Our town council apparently feels that as they have us locked into our taxes that they can take our tax dollars wherever they personally want... downtown, new subdivisions (get more tax dollars locked in). I love our downtown, however, as an example, spending heaven only knows how much to see if they should rebuild a death trap that would cost millions if they did, when they have another lawsuit waiting to happen on our road. Where is logic and responsibility?
Our insurance is at least four times that of a home in town (no fire hydrant). Our property taxes average $1000 a month. It goes on and on.
When our neighbourhood had enough (again) last fall and everyone signed a petition to at least give us a safe road, council said in a nutshell... “OK, how much do you want your taxes to go up?”
Election coming up, is there anyone out there that has any concern for the citizens out of town? There are a lot of us that would love to know!