Posted by Magda
The city's put out an interesting summary, in advance of next week's budget meetings, of how they spend your money. The average household paid $2,602 in taxes last year, or 216.84 a month including $42 a month for policing, $12 a month for public transit and $9 a month for libraries.
The study they refer to, incidentally, is found here. The city press release says the study finds Guelph's taxes are lower than average in municipalities with populations over 100,000. I haven't found that particular chart, but many of the other comparisons -- taxes per capita, taxes per $100,000 assessment -- indicate our taxes are above average.
In any case, all this will come up for discussion starting this week in budget meetings.
(Graph from the City of Guelph.)
Update: The chart that shows Guelph's taxes as lower than the average is here (it's page 225 of the study I refer to above). It indicates that Guelphers who own a single-detached bungalow pay less property tax, on average, than owners of single-detached bungalows across the province. Separate of home type, however, the average resident still pays more in Guelph than across the province -- $1,164 compared to $1,121.