Ontario municipalities may have a legitimate beef with the way hospitals pay taxes, but the timing couldn’t be worse.
All levels of government appear to be scrambling to make ends meet without having to pass increased costs on to citizens in the form of taxes. The results are one cash-strapped level of government going after another cash-strapped level of government.
Instead of paying municipal property taxes, universities, colleges, hospitals and detention centres pay something called a Heads and Beds payment.
The Heads and Beds rate has not changed since 1987 – a flat rate of $75 per head/bed.