Thursday, September 23, 2010

Property Assessment Information Session

The Town of Torbay in partnership with the Muncipal Assessment Agency (MAA) will be hosting an information session on the property assessment process. MAA representatives will provide an overview and will be available for questions.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Location: Torbay Kinsmen Community Centre, Bauline Line

Note: 2011 assessment notices will be mailed to all landowners during the week of October 4, 2010.


I encourage as many people to go to this session as possible because the way our properties have been assessed and reassessed the ;last couple of years is ridiculous in my opinion. I believe that my home has been reassessed at least 3 times in the last 2 years and my taxes have gone up each and every time. I believe the last time it went up by almost 30%.

I don't know about you but I have very little faith in the assessment process and wonder why I feel I am getting gouged at every turn. To make matters worse I don't think I am getting value for my tax dollars as it relates to town services. Lets face it anyone who lives on a provincial road like Bauline Line and does not have water and sewer are getting screwed by this town.

I have sat back and really given some though to what I receive from the Town of Torbay for my tax dollars, which are considerable by the way, and the lst is not very long. The only service I can think of that I recieve is garbage pickup once a week and fire services if my house ever burns down the Volunteer Fire Department will come over to save my foundation. That is a bit harsh on the fire department but I couldn't help myself, I have a lot of respect for those guys and what they do and I am glad we have such a dedicated group of individuals there to help us when we need it.

  1. My road is plowed by the province.
  2. Bauline Line is maintained and repaired by the province although it doesn't look like anyone is doing it.
  3. I don't have water and sewer and most likely never will
So, really what do we get for our money....I know they will say that I need to travel the roads of Torbay to get to Bauline Line and all that cost money and it is all for the greater good of the town. That argument doesn't fly with me because the people of Flatrock, Pouch Cove and Bauline also have to pass through Torbay to get to their houses and they don't have to pay the Town of Torbay.

Most of what I am saying here is in jest but they are legitimate questions we should be asking when the town asks us to pony up thousands of dollars to put in the town coffers. I would like to know how it is that I should have to pay double the property taxes as another resident in this town that avails of all the services the town has to offer? Why are people who are NOT availing of all town services charged the same mill rate as those who do?

These are the things I would like to know and will be inquiring about when I go to the information session. It is time that people in this town started to speak up about unfair taxation and stop standing by and letting council and the provincial government walk all over us.

I hope to see a lot of people there to voice their displeasure.........if my the way you like the amount of taxes you pay then don't go to the session, instead go to the hospital and get your head examined.

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