Tax hike to affect youth and elder
By Kyle Rose
Property taxes are increasing by 1.73 per cent in Windsor after a city council meeting Monday night that lasted about eight hours.
City administration had recommended an increase of 2.7 per cent. The increase is expected to affect both the young and old.
Eveline Csomor, a student at the University of Windsor said the tax increase has affected her programs.
“A lot of the students think that property taxes won’t affect us because we are just youth, and for the most part that is true. However, as the head of some of the student art programs here, I’ve personally discussed how this will affect our budget,” said Csomer. “We’re already known as the starving artists. A lot of the programs we run, like this poetry night, have to be free events or fundraisers because we don’t have money in the budget.”
Sherrie Daniels, a 67-year-old senior living in the Riverside area said it is becoming more expensive to live in her home.
“My husband and I have lived here for over 25 years and steadily we’ve seen the increase. We wanted to move to Walkerville but we realized it would have been more of a loss,” said Daniels.
A $10 million budget was presented by Mayor Drew Dilkens which had council members and citizens feeling concerned about just how much this increase would go.
“It has been a while since property taxes have increased but with all the other fees and charges it feels like we have to pay to live.”
This property tax increase is the first in eight years.