Cornwall ON – Many people talk about the challenges of raising the population of Cornwall Ontario and the tax rates. So while talking with a city councilor to remain nameless, (Denis Carr) the subject of amalgamating Glen Walter came up.
Glen Walter has a population of about 5,000 people, many of whom work and play in Cornwall enjoying the benefits of the city while not having to pay into the tax base.
It’s an issue for many cities like this that have surrounding areas that become Mecca’s for higher priced homes that pay less in taxes than they would in the nearby city.
It was actually an election issue as Mark A MacDonald complained that many city management and staff were earning high salaries while living outside city borders.
Of course you can’t really pass bylaws about this, but amalgamating Glen Walter would put Cornwall’s population over the magical 50,000 mark and help the tax base while Glen Walter would not be forced to face some of the sewage and water issues in the future.
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