Thanks for the reply to my original e-mail sent to you on November 17 and 21, 2012 regarding Service Ontario and MPAC valuations. In conversation with your office they told me the reason a reply wasn’t already sent was that “as a new MPP” you and your staff were going through a “learning curve” and that although Mayor Kilger (also on the board of directors for MPAC) responded within two hours, he had only 46,000 constituents whereas Jim has over 100,000. Like the MPAC evaluator, sometimes people can say too much, so I suggest that your people are better trained to respond to the constituents needs and not make excuses for you.
No Jim, you may not be able to interfere with MPAC process, but as our MPP you can certainly bring the concerns of your constituents up in parliament to discuss the absurdity of the MPAC in arbitrarily elevating our valuations to the point of driving families and elderly people out of their homes with high property taxation.
The MPAC could be abolished altogether, in my humble opinion, and the valuation of a home be the price the buyer paid for it.
It would eliminate a whole level of unnecessary and incompetent bureaucracy as has already been apparent in the past, and is apparently happening again.
When, and if the cities or counties need more revenue dollars to provide necessary services they can elevate the mill rate, without having another level of bureaucracy getting their fingers in the cookie dough.
That’s the way they do it in efficient jurisdictions, as an example where I lived in Quebec.
Fact is, we don’t need ‘used car salesmen’ and their high paid bosses to determine the values of our homes.
As far as your suggestion to contest our valuations thru proper channels of the MPAC appeal board, don’t you think that I already knew that? And I damn well will if you can’t or are unwilling to help before it comes to that.
My e-mail to you and the public was to raise awareness of the absurdity of the current valuations and to make people stand up for how they are treated and how unnecessary bureaucracy is costing us taxpayers, as we are the ones paying your salaries.
Surely, you can do something about that.
As far as Service Ontario, it happened a few years ago and is apparently still happening.
I have no file number to provide, and forget the name of the clown in head office that I spoke to, but my posting on CFN and the Ottawa Sun article printed is all the ammunition you should need to also represent, not only your constituents in this matter, but benefit all people in Ontario who have to deal with those clowns at Service Ontario, or require their MPP, as was the case of the Ottawa woman, to intervene and get a copy for her.
Please don’t be a rubber stamp on the idiocy of the bureaucracies that your constituents have to put up with. That’s why we put you into office, to help us, not mollify us with a mere response.