I got sick to the teeth of the constant whining about our municipal taxes on local social media and Reddit, so spent an afternoon doing some research on comparable municipalities and tax rates in Ontario. The more valuable end of this from a broader perspective might be a follow-on page about why ratio complaints (our city pays more for XXX than any other city, or our city's taxes are a higher percentage of YYY than other cities') are kind of bullshit.
Are you trying to buy a house? Well, if so, this tells you how much you'll have to pay each month for it, factoring in taxes and loan terms, so you can immediately find out if a house or condo is just too bonkers for you.
Have a receipt you want to save for tax time, and dreading sorting through "the shoebox" when it comes? Just take a picture of it, email it to Receiptron with a descriptive subject, and it's saved and sorted for later. No more printing email receipts either, just forward them along. Store everything safely in one place, and make tax time simple! [more inside]
How can we help the economy? By helping small businesses. Even Ben Bernanke admitted that community banks, not big banks, have stepped up their lending to small businesses since the financial crash. North Dakota has had a solution for this since 1919: it uses its tax reserves to extend lending to community banks. It's been working quite well. There's plenty of evidence that it would work elsewhere. Now, Oregon wants in on the action.