From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance -Globe and Mail

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071066 Views

From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance

MIKE HARCOURT
Special to Globe and Mail Update
November 6, 2007 at 12:53 AM EST

The split of government revenues in Canada is 50 per cent federal, 42 per cent provincial — and 8 per cent municipal. Not only that, but Canada’s municipalities are the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s most property tax dependent. That’s why our communities’ water pipes leak, streets are potholed, bridges and overpasses are crumbling, public transit is decrepit, the homeless aren’t housed, and community centres, skating rinks, swimming pools, libraries and theatres are run down.

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