Chapter 3 - Another Good Example
Several people also informed me that they thought that Chapter 2 - A Good Past Example
was a little late and now it's pretty hard to go back to the way it was. The funny
thing is that these examples are being discussed to show how something's that will
cost taxpayers money and appear to be very trivial, end up being a long term drain
to all taxpayers with the benefits to only a few.
Chapter 3 should be very interesting because it is a work in motion with no real
firm direction on what will happen next, and could still be controlled by the public.
This example will also be using some local historical event information, so please
be advised as this is my opinion of how and why taxes keep going up.
In 2015 a study was conducted on the Port Stanley sewage lagoon system with the
results becoming available in late 2015 confirming that the Port Stanley sewage
lagoon would need extensive work if the municipality wanted to properly maintain
service and foster extensive new local growth. The Port Stanley Harbour was a busy
place then with lots of changes and improvements underway giving the public an impression
that the Harbour lands would through development become a major attraction for the
My choice of a pivotal point in Chapter 3 begins with the Port Stanley BIA and Central
Elgin Council supporting an advertising campaign with Donwest Construction at a
June 13th, 2016 council meeting. This joint venture would be using taxpayers money
to assist in advertising a new Donwest housing development in Port Stanley using
huge high quality graphics on transport trucks 53 feet long and 110 inches high.
This event seemed to confirm the Municipality of Central Elgin's position to totally
concentrate on Port Stanley's ability for growth.
At a Special Meeting of Council on Monday, October 31st, 2016, Central Elgin confirmed
it's position on charting it's course to foster extensive new local development
in the Port Stanley area by approving a major sewage system upgrade valued at over
$17,000,000. Not long after, another expense to taxpayers became public from some
recommendations in the new Master Fire Plan which would cost $4,532,000, all necessary
now because of this projected new development growth in the area.
This growth that was coming to Port Stanley would not come without any bumps in
the road, and the cost of those bumps is still unknown because of unresolved issues
of building heights and road congestion. A way of reducing the shock of rising taxes
is to understand the calm before the storm and to listen to those phrases like "What
is needed" or "That will cost" or "We definitely need that". In most cases those
few short phrases will be your key to understanding why taxes keep going up.
Coming Soon Chapter 4 - A Good Future Example