Burlington taxes are out of control with a 31% increase over the last 8 years.
This is over twice the rate of inflation over the same time period of 13.6%
There is no attempt by this administration to slow this down Goldring reports there will be "predictable property tax increases."
With the 2019 estimate at 4.1% the 9-year total increase for this council will be 35% !
These over inflation increases are not sustainable for people living in Burlington. No household can sustain increases like this. The situation is made worse in Burlington as many residents are seniors and live on a fixed income.
We need to re-focus staff on controlling costs to the taxpayer. This is primarily done by making this a core deliverable from the city manager. To that purpose, I'd like to see the city manager move from fixed salary into one with attached bonuses. I think if we have a bonus structure tied to tax increases we would have a greater focus on cost control throughout the city.