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Library Reading Club
Silver Birch Reading Club took place at the Library under the tutelage of Pat Hoffman. The boys did a great job reading and voting for their favourite author. Pictured left to right, are Lukan Tucker, Jordan Parberry, Jordan Bradley with our mascot Tinker Toad, Derrek Hatton, Braden MacDonald, Pat Hoffman and Michael Coppins.
Apsley Legion Branch 381
7:30 p.m. Open Darts Everyone Welcome
Thank you to Jerry Leland and helpers for recovering the pool table. Come in and enjoy the pool table, shuffleboard and horseshoe pits during the summer. Pool and other indoor sports leagues will start again the fall.
Walk-A-Thon August 19th at 10am at the Legion.
The Legion will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this summer. A number of community activities have been planned, including a Walk-A-Thon. Like many organization sin the community, the Legion needs your financial support. When you support the Legion, you are also supporting their youth and student educational programs, seniors, the new Health Centre, and much more. Remember, when you are approached by a Legionnaire, please make a donation, fill in the pledge sheet, and help the Legions help others. For more information contact Roy Allan.
Medical Centre 5k Run
Saturday, August 12th
Get ready to start those engines for the 2006 Health Centre 5k Fun(draising) Run. Its time for the training to begin. If you have any questions about the run get in touch with Neil Longhurst at email@example.com or Donna Friedrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's get out and support this great cause.
Kindness is a language, which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
Quotes on Canada
As always, Canada will now bury its war dead, just as the rest of the world, as always, will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance.
Kevin Myers (The Daily Telegraph, London)
This is part of a wonderful story by Kevin Myers (April 2002) called The Country the World Forgot ... Again, and it can still be viewed it in its entirety on the Daily Telegraph’s website: www.telegraph.co.uk
Assessment Task Force
Deputation by Jim Whelan, Reeve North Kawartha Township
I would like to underline the main reason that our property assessment and therefore taxation are so difficult for property owners and municipalities to work within and to do that I want to quote: Roger Anderson, chair of Durham Region and president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO): "The whole downloading exercise began during the Mike Harris regime should be revisited. The province should be taking back full responsibility for health and social service programs."
According to AMO, municipalities in Ontario now face net expenditures of $3 billion a year on these programs — proportionately far higher than in other provinces-and the only province in Canada where municipal taxes are used to subsidize provincial health and social programs.
Roger Anderson calls this "the $3 billion gap" and he wants Queen's Park to close it.
I have given you a copy of the downloaded costs to the County of Peterborough
Municipalities in Ontario are strapped with a Current Value Assessment (CVA) system that has created outrageous spikes in assessment, some over 100% and these unprecedented hikes in assessment will translate into corresponding increases in taxes for the portion of assessment that is in excess of the average increase in any given municipality. The result is municipalities are at a loss to adequately analyze the full impact of the new property assessments.
Contrary to popular belief, municipalities do not receive additional taxation revenue from reassessments. There is no tax grab if you pay more as a result of reassessment - it is because someone else is paying less.
With an average increase in assessment of 34% those with an increase of more than 34% will be paying more and those with less than 34% increase will be paying less. North Kawartha has 21% of the residential properties with an increase in excess of 50%. This is a monumental shift in the tax base.
The criterion of realty sales for establishing new assessments each year is very volatile; very frivolous; very unfair and very unpredictable and there is no correlation between the severe tax increases generated by many of these assessments and the provision of municipal services which remain virtually unchanged from year to year. Further this is an unrealized gain and our system of taxation has been built on earnings-you make a $100 and you pay tax on it. The only way these gains can be recognized is to sell ones property and unfortunately some people will be forced into that situation.
If the realty sales are to be used as the criterion, then make it the average increase for the area which is reported every year by the real estate board. Then all properties (except renovations, new and sold) properties will rise at the same rate and the tax load will remain virtually the same.
The Provincial Government froze the 2004 Assessment Roll for the 2005 taxation year in response to cries of outrage stemming from a flawed implementation of the Current Value Assessment system, yet the proposed Assessment Roll for the 2006 taxation year will create even more hardship than that generated at the time of the freeze.
Ontario's Property owners and 445 municipalities deserve immediate, as well as long term relief from a "broken" assessment system that is failing all areas of this province.
We are asking for a commitment from the NDP to recommend to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Sorbara, that a complete review of the CVA be undertaken (perhaps by the Ombudsman) who was so accurate with his assessment and recommendations on MPAC. We are not speaking for or against CVA but the way it is being implemented.
In closing I want to thank you for holding this open house, it was badly needed and we trust that you will hear what your constituents have to say.
Reeve: North Kawartha Township (avg. residential assessment increase 34.19%)
People in the Community
Councilor Arnie Brown
Arnie was born in Apsley in January 1942 and lived at the Browns store (now Hunters) until he was 15 years old. Arnie received his first pair of skates from his grandfather (Duncan Brown) when he was four years old. He learned to skate and play hockey at an early age on the outdoor rink in Apsley. When Arnie was 14 years old he joined the East Peterborough Hockey League with the team from Apsley which was sponsored by the local Lions Club. The team went on to win the championship that year. Arnie was introduced to the Maple Leafs Chief Scout Bob Davidson. Arnie says he had a brief conversation with Bob and Jack White of the Marlboroughs in the rear seat of a car in the parking lot of the Civic Arena when he was offered an opportunity to go to St. Michael’s College School and play hockey. In 1960-61 while playing for the St. Mike’s Majors they won the Memorial Cup, he was signed by the Maple Leafs the same year. Arnie started playing professional hockey in 1964 with Rochester in the AHL and was soon promoted to the Maple Leafs. Arnie is credited with played in over 700 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and the Atlanta Flames during his NHL career. This is an amazing feet considering during most of his time in the NHL there were only six teams in the league at the time, so basically Arnie was in the top 150 or so hockey players in North America. Not bad for a kid from Apsley. Arnie retired from hockey in 1975 and went on to have a successful career with Monsanto Chemical Company. Arnie with his wife Sandra moved back home in 2000. He was elected as Councilor at Large for North Kawartha in 2003.
Ranger Arnie Brown (4) tries to stop Bobby Orr.
For the last two years Arnie has held his Hockey School at the Apsley arena to the delight of many local and visiting children. Arnie was inducted into the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame this past June . Congratulations on your induction and thank you for all the hard work you do on behalf of North Kawartha.
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