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Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc.

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Welcome to the Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc. (NTAG).

NewmarketThe Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc. is a provincially incorporated non-profit and non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxes, less waste and transparent and accountable government in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. (Ontario Non-for-profit Corporation No. 1926374)

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Community Open House

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:30 PM

Location: Newmarket Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court)

Along with the Touch-a-Truck event, the Town of Newmarket will host a Community Open House in the lower level foyer to learn about how the Town of Newmarket is working for you.
Additional parking available at OPM (400 Harry Walker Parkway).

Come with your family for a BBQ ($) and pick up your green bin and blue box at a discount. ($ cash only).

NTAG hosts public information session

NTAG hosted a public information session this week where Paul Ferguson, the President of Newmarket-Tay Hydro talked about hydro rates and answered questions. Thanks to everyone for the interest and attending!

We look forward to hosting more public information sessions in future about topics of interest to Newmarket Taxpayers!
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Municipal elections should be fair for all candidates.

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Why Ban Corporate & Union Funding? MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS SHOULD BE FAIR FOR ALL CANDIDATES. Candidates getting financial support from the development industry are more likely to get elected than those who don’t get developer money. That’s not fair.

The playing field should be levelled for those candidates who prioritize the protection of the environment, natural heritage, and the concerns of the electorate over corporate interests. Allowing corporate and union donations is unfair because it allows corporations and unions to play a disproportionate role in the financing, and ultimately the election, of municipal candidates.

Highlights:

  1. Corporate funding influences the outcomes of elections. Candidates taking contributions from the development industry were twice as likely to be elected as those who did not report such contributions.
  2.  Too few citizens contribute to campaigns. Less than half of one percent of the population contributed to a campaign. Corporations gave more money to candidates than did citizens.
  1. Money from the development industry makes up more than half of all money from corporations. The development industry’s contributions to candidates made up 54% of the total corporate donations.
  1. The development community spends more on elections where there is more development taking place. Higher total values of construction activity for 2014 based on building permits issued were matched with high percentages of development industry contributions.
  1. More than half of the total contributions to candidates came from outside of the municipality where the candidate was campaigning. Almost 60% of the corporate contributions to candidates came from outside the municipality where the candidate was running.
  1. The stigma of taking corporate funding may be affecting candidates’ fundraising choices. More candidates are self-funding their campaigns, perhaps due to changing values about campaign financing, or in response to public pressure or our awareness-raising campaign.

Read the whole report here…

 

 

 

Media Release: Hydro Rates

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Media Advisory

The Truth is Electric

Newmarket, ON, April 5, 2016 – A recent 11% increase in residential hydro rates have left Newmarket taxpayers with many questions. The Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc. (NTAG) recently met with Newmarket-Tay Hydro to understand the significant increase in residential hydro rates.

NTAG is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation to taxpayers relating to how electricity rates are calculated.  This will provide clarity relating to the recent increases on Newmarket residential hydro bills.

Who:     Paul Ferguson, PEng, President Newmarket – Tay Power Distribution Ltd.

What:    Presentation to Newmarket taxpayers regarding how electricity rates are calculated.

When:   Monday, April 25, 2016, at 7:00 PM.

Where:  Madsen’s Greenhouses, 160 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket, Ontario.

For:       All concerned Newmarket residents and companies.

NTAG encourages all residents with questions or concerns relating to the recent 11% hydro increase to attend this special meeting.

The Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc. (NTAG) is a provincially incorporated non-for-profit ratepayers group in Newmarket, ON.  NTAG is a non-political, non-partisan, advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxes, less waste and transparent and accountable government in all levels of government (town, region and school boards) in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

For information on Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc.:

 

Teena Bogner                                                Doug Brown

President                                                       Communications Chairperson

president@ntag.ca                                       Doug@ntag.ca

 

© 2016 Newmarket Taxpayers Advocacy Group Inc. (Ontario Non-for-profit Corporation No. 1926374)