I would argue that having schools of any kind - public or private - paying development charges is wrong.
How does the building of an arena on a school property generate an increased drain on Town resources that require DCs to be collected and then used?
Towns and Cities are so dependant on DCs that when they are not available, they get all bent out of shape.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 31 October 2016 at 12:36
No more than a retail facility adds to municipal costs . Additional park facilities are not required yet municipalities require a charge to be paid in lieu of a park at the time a permit is issued.
In the past, I sussed out totals from various taxes imposed on a modest home prior to sale.
Land transfer tax,sales tax, development charges and various permit fees none of which add value to the building but added twenty-five per cent to market value,the base for property taxes .
Forever and a day, the homeowner pays taxes on taxes.
The over-riding principle that taxes must be easily understood is forever lost.
Starting with water and sewer rates,municipal taxes are devious, underhanded and egregiously exploited by appointed and elected officials alike.
The new homeowner gets less house on little more than a footprint but development charges increase every five years along with master recreation plan reviews and the myth of spending discipline.
$26 million dollars for an architect designed public works facilities with green roofs, with $18 million of debt and never finished.
Arenas proliferate, baseball diamonds need users from King to make up teams. A new youth centre requires promotion to encourage use. $6 million used to build a park in Mavrinac to prevent the land from development and adding to the assessment base.
$11 million used to buy land at Vandorf Sideroad for recreation and half a million for a musty old contaminated barn in the town park with neither use nor purpose possible in the private or
Identified in the public sector.
Mayor Dawe regards the development charge as price of admission to live in Aurora,
I think it's sheer exploitation but as long as homebuyers are unaware, willing and able to pay, there's not much point in discussion.
But heck, why not.