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New tax has local Funeral Directors seeing red

Licensed Funeral Directors Tim Baragar and Jeff Neuman are sounding the alarm bells over a new tax program that they say will make life difficult for estate representatives in Ontario.

Licensed Funeral Directors Tim Baragar and Jeff Neuman are sounding the alarm bells over a new tax program that they say will make life difficult for estate representatives in Ontario.

Tim Baragar has been in the funeral business for a long time. He received his Funeral Director’s in 1982 and since 1996 he has operated Baragar Funeral Home in downtown Bancroft.

Baragar makes it clear that his service does not end at the cemetery. He and Funeral Director Jeff Neuman do their best to help families obtain pertinent documents and ensure that a loved one’s affairs are in order.

And that’s why Baragar and Neuman are sounding the alarm bells over a newly rolled-out tax that took effect on Jan. 1. The Estate Administration Tax (EAT) was part of the 2011 Provincial budget and the tax, its timelines and its penalties, are something these Funeral Directors think everyone needs to be aware of.

“It is frightening to see how this government has simply slipped this in without any discussion that I know of. It will have a major impact on all of us at some point,” Baragar says. “We need to be making lots of noise to hopefully get this revoked.”

The new tax program that Baragar finds frightening requires an executor to assess, appraise and value any and all property owned at the time of death.This EAT appraisal includes anything that is not passed directly to a spouse or passed through joint ownership. Assets that are being gifted to charities also need to be included in the valuation. The tax is then calculated and needs to be paid immediately to the Province of Ontario as a deposit. The calculation goes like this – $5 for each $1,000 of the first $50,000 and then $15 for each $1,000 of the value of the estate over $50,000. Read more


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All these pretty signs are pointing to an election!

voteAll these pretty signs are pointing to an election!

I think elections should be treated like job interviews. If I were interviewing a candidate for a potential spot on my municipal council I would likely ask the following questions.

Please tell me about the moment when you decided to run for council?

So far, any regrets with throwing your name into the competition?

Let’s cover some broad themes.

  1. Quality of life:

What will you do to keep this part of the world liveable?

How will you make this a place that can sustain jobs?

How can you make this a place that can support the needs of an aging community?

How will you balance the needs of tourists with the needs of seasonal residents?

  1. Policing:

If we have no say in how much we pay for policing will you at least advocate for the kind of policing we might want? Things like trail patrols and foot patrols?

Will you advocate for officers to get out from behind the tinted windows and walk through our communities, building trust and relationships?

(admittedly this is a leading question)

  1. Communications:

How will you communicate with your constituents?

How will you encourage more input and community engagement?

What do you think about social media? Do you think you should always be professional in what you publish – even when you’re not in a council meeting? Read more


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Hastings County Member Municipalities Offical Candidate Lists

Hastings County is made up of 14 member municipalities and for ease I created the list of all members certified lists of candidates in your municipality, just click on the link. As this is a work in progress, we have tried to locate all municipalities and as soon as we can we will have the complete list (we saved you the headache 🙂

 

Town of Bancroftcountyofhastings

Township of Carlow Mayo

Municipality of Centre Hastings

Town of Deseronto

Township of Faraday

Hastings Highlands

Township of Limerick

Township of Madoc

Municipality of Marmora & Lake

Township of Stirling Rawdon

Township of Tudor and Cashel

Municipality of Tweed

Township of Tyendinaga 

Township of Wollaston


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Is the Bancroft election a bit offside?

After speaking with my father, who is running for Reeve in Carlow Mayo we of course talk about the upcoming elections on a regular basis. I find it interesting and I of course learn a great deal about municipal politics from him as I am new to it. He sent me the Official list of candidates for Carlow Mayo and I in turn went to see my ward which is Bancroft….there isn’t one.

You see under the Municipal Elections Acts Examination of nominations 35.1 the first Monday at 4pm following nomination day, the Town Clerk should have certified that all candidates met all the requirements. So far there is no Official list of candidates….what does that mean. Good question and I do not know.

It is now Wednesday so my next question is, why?