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Future Services

over 3 years ago

Would you be willing to pay more taxes for enhanced or improved services? If so, which services?


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  • Bradv over 3 years ago
    NO! Some of us already pay the share of three or four others. Abg cost to service a residence is $3000 . most peopel dont pay that much. But I pay > $8,500.00 EVERY freaking YEAR just to live here in my house, getting the same services as they do.Change the municipal taxation structure instead , or at least cap a single residence tax bill at $4000, and spread the pain more evenly before you raise my property taxes any more. Jeeze.
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    • Mike Faught over 3 years ago
      It doesn't cost anymore to plow a foot of road in front of a million dollar home than it does a hundred thousand dollar one. Charge for the services you provide equally.
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  • jimmyflynn over 3 years ago
    Time to trim some excess. Cut some internal spending. Also, cut some services that aren't used or wasteful. I want rider numbers for buses. We have new buses, new paint, new GPS, and no one rides the things. And they cost us more than Policing? Time to trim that. Ferries run empty on weekends. And sidewalk clearing has to go. There are many more examples of waste.
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    • garthsnarf over 3 years ago
      I accidentally clicked the thumbs up. I actually don't support this. I would like an option to change my "agree" or "disagree" vote.
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    • Mike Faught over 3 years ago
      True, about the ferries
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  • basinview over 3 years ago
    Has the Police Department looked at taking over the service that the RCMP provides in Sackville or Cole Harbour? The RCMP cost per officer is higher than HRM cost per officer. Better integration and coordination of services at the least. Population growth in these areas surely mean that it is time to look at this.
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  • basinview over 3 years ago
    No one can deliver on improving services with a tax increase. HRM has to do more with less. Transit services are simply not used enough to warrant more investment. Bike lanes, ditto. As tax payers, we must insist on investments that work and that are serving all interests, not just special interests.
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  • isurus over 3 years ago
    Considering what counselors waste money on, absolutely not.
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    • joanczNS over 3 years ago
      Please be specific. What do you consider a waste of money?
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  • brw over 3 years ago
    We need a network of protected bicycle lanes that connect all communities in urban core, and good, paved, and winter-maintained greenway trails that connect our rural communities to each other & the core. While there is a significant upfront investment to get this done (on the order of a 4-pad arena), the long term benefit in terms of health, savings on road maintenance, and housing affordability are well established. We are falling behind our peers due to underinvestment in proper cycling infrastructure.
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  • N67 over 3 years ago
    narrower car lanes to reduce speed. fewer multilane roads. remove lanes. widen sidewalks. add protected bike lanes. stop studying it. stop truing to reinvent the wheel. look at cities in europe.
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  • Canineocach over 3 years ago
    I would pay more taxes for activities which relate to preservation of the environment - that includes active transportation solutions, development of ways to reduce the municipality's reliance on fossil fuels and increase use of alternative energy sources, and the purchase and preservation of open spaces.
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  • Scott Asling over 3 years ago
    Possibly
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  • W0164226 over 3 years ago
    I would not support a blanket raise of taxes for the masses but if you have to raise taxes then I would support better transit options and improvements to Halifax Transit.
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  • Brian Palmer over 3 years ago
    Raising taxes should never be considered as the first option. The budget process should always be about considering the value to be achieved for the resources to be spent for each individual activity; whether that is existing or new or improved services. Value is based on the personal perceptions of the members of Council and the municipal taxpayers.I cannot simply give blanket support to increasing taxes for unspecified enhanced or improved services. Funding for enhanced or improved services should first be considered through a re-allocation of current resources. If such re-allocation is not feasible in terms of the potential value lost, then increased taxation might be considered.
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  • RobertRoss over 3 years ago
    In order to pay for future services, let alone existing ones (without increasing taxes), I would say any additional monies received (or savings found) go towards reducing our debt. The cost of servicing our debt will start climbing when interest rates go up, and then we will be faced with very difficult decisions on where to cut.
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  • Citylover over 3 years ago
    Yes I would if it was for the purpose of beginning the acquisition of the public lands that need to be added to what the city now owns to complete the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Wilderness area.
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    • Citylover over 3 years ago
      It should read PRIVATE lands. Sorry for that.
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  • KRobinson over 3 years ago
    I think it would be helpful to have a city fund created, and have the city budget for a substantial deposit routinely each year so as to have funds available to purchase land for parks and recreation or to preserve heritage lands. I am very appreciative of the city's use of the other ways to acquire park lands. I would like to see this option added please.In particular, I would hope to see more land acquired around Sandy Lake, Bedford, soon before it is too late to preserve this beautiful place for future generations.
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  • bbernrd over 3 years ago
    High frequency transit service, including keeping the shuttle between Scotia Square and the Bridge Terminal after the Big Lift
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  • Rowan over 3 years ago
    Acquisition of lands for parks and protected areas in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes and Purcell's Cove Backlands
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  • Rowan over 3 years ago
    Access to transit
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  • JennM over 3 years ago
    Acquisition of lands for parks and protected areas in Blue Mountain/Birch Cove Lakes and Purcell's Cove Backlands
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  • JA over 3 years ago
    Rather than enhance taxes I would call for a redistribution by looking at priorities, and where there is an actual need that is helping to maintain and improve quality of life, rather than frivolous grander plans unrooted in greater long term vision.
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  • OneTwoThree over 3 years ago
    Transit services are still lacking, buses need to be more environmentally friendly and less noisy, also the city should invest in more bus shelters in the regional center. Snow clearing contractors need to be better equipped to leave the sidewalks completely clear of snow instead of a sheet of compacted ice. The bobcat alone is just not cutting it, they need a sweeper or something more effective.
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  • Sophie over 3 years ago
    I believe our taxes in Halifax, and in NS, are high enough as-is. I would support more taxes on big businesses or wealthy families, but not on the general population. I would also support putting some of the money spent on convention centers and celebrations toward things like homelessness, mental health, green spaces, public transport.
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  • joanczNS over 3 years ago
    Yes. I would pay a small amount more in taxes to enhance public transit, and the preservation of parks and green spaces. I would like to be able to scrutinize the expense accounts of ALL public sector and municipal government people. We need to look into any areas of wastefulness. Cancel lavish parties on the public purse. I love the new Library, and the fact that we have a world class symphony and Art Gallery. I am proud of our Recycle and Waste Management programs. I would like to see more care for the homeless, and for those with mental and addiction needs.
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    • Sophie over 3 years ago
      Completely agree on your points.
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  • Rob McKenna over 3 years ago
    I would for rail transit around the basin and for parks.
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  • duky69 over 3 years ago
    No more taxes. Transit is over spending on frivilious items, including new buildings, etc. Too much overtime for police and fire. Police do not need a new building. The current one is only 25 years old.
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  • acalder64 over 3 years ago
    I want to pay less taxes and receive less services. Services are provided by Unionized employees who are not as efficient as Non-unionized workers. Also, Unionized workers are typically overpaid and have excessively high benefits.
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  • matthvm over 3 years ago
    Yes lets enhance our municipality to attract new jobs and keep our youth here
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  • garthsnarf over 3 years ago
    Bicycle Lanes
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  • garthsnarf over 3 years ago
    Bicycle Lanes
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