A reader's concerned about the added costs that will come for the boundary adjustment between Woodstock and South-West Oxford Township.
Boundary adjustment increases costs
The cost of annexation for existing home owners affected by the proposed South-West Oxford Township and Woodstock boundary adjustment is extremely concerning. Many seniors and young families will be negatively impacted financially by the city annexation of our properties and the subsequent tax increase.
From conversations with residents of nearby communities, specifically Embro, sewer fees have ranged from $16,000 to $20,000 when initially quoted at about $7,000. Mayor Trevor Birch expressed at the public meeting Woodstock’s connection fees were the lowest in the county, only costing about $2,000, but wouldn’t commit to this amount. However, the cost of the sewer from my understanding isn’t limited to the connection fee alone. Property owners deserve to know the exact financial burden we could face. A very substantial increase in our taxes – not including educational tax fees – is overwhelming and an unforeseen burden to my young family and those who are my county neighbours.
A natural spring and protected trees are found on the land within the proposed boundary adjustment. The community enjoy the sounds and beauty of the land to the north of Karn Road, which is the home of deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and other small animal and birdlife. The loss of these natural attributes would be devastating.
As a property owner adjacent to the new proposed road directly off of Karn Road, I fear the traffic will be a danger for my young family, as well as many neighbourhood pets who often roam freely in unfenced yards. Vehicle traffic and construction traffic – human and machinery – is a great concern. Last year, my family repeatedly experienced our internet phone line cut. We were without phone for a total of 14 days.
We’re not being given a realistic amount to what this boarder adjustment will cost Oxford County residents. What are our taxes and sewer fees going to total? We feel we lack representation in this deal and the county is giving us away at our own expense.
Erin and Jason Prangley,
Bad and good
Shame on all of you who use handicapped parking spots when you do not need them. Someday you may really require this service and will find someone has filled the spot without need or permit. The fine for doing so should be monitored more closely.
On a positive note, kudos to all the great people who respect this regulation. I use a cane or walker and am amazed at how many helpful people I encounter – opening doors, helping with parcels, returning carts. The helpers range in age from young to old. A heartfelt thank you to all of you.
Too many people forget that one day they will be a senior or could develop a disability that might require a kind person to offer a bit of assistance.
I’ve had to work with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority staff and engineering departments in recent few years. They were extremely slow and inefficient to work with.
I’m glad to see their provincial funding cut. Maybe it will force the UTRCA to focus on real issues of conservation and not fabricating unnecessary issues of power and control beyond their mandate.
They need an internal shake-up. It’s about time. Thumbs up to the province on this one.