London, Ontario has just changed the property tax assessment for transit. If you own property within 450 metres of a transit route, you get a special assessment. Own property greater than that distance and you pay no transit tax.
The purpose of the change was twofold, said Jim Logan, the city's manager of revenue and tax collection.
The new system is fairer since its based on access to service and will allow more properties to be added to the transit tax roll as bus service expands in the annexed areas.
"As service expands, so will revenue," Logan said.
Durham Region points out on their web page, that the vast majority of transit tax is raised through a property tax rate that varies by local area municipality based on both the service level and the weighted assessment of the particular municipality.
Speaking of taxes, these people over at Metrolinx are beginning to scare me with their tax proposals. Metrolinx's mandate claims "To champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and quality of life." They are beginning to look more like tax collectors from medieval times. Metrolinx, is considering slapping motorists with additional gas taxes and road tolls. They are also looking at sales tax and a parking surcharge on non-residential parking spots. Crippling residents with crushing taxes is not the answer.
Do they want to propel us back to a medieval state of affairs, where we only leave our local area if we really must, and have to pay a big fat toll to a sheriff for the privilege of doing so.
These are only some of new taxes these people are proposing. I hope they remember, you can't get something from someone who doesn't have it.