As I was investigating into the backgrounds of Oakville elected officials including any possible breaches in the Oakville Council Code of Conduct and pertaining to any litigation launched against them as part of investigating for the proposed Class Action which has been filed against the Town of Oakville and the Province of Ontario et al. I discovered that one Regional Councillor has had at least three strikes.
Strike 1 – Developer Loan contrary to the Council Code of Conduct
The loan documents including the Promissory Note dated April 16, 2013, confirms a $50,000.00 loan to the Regional Councillor by the CEO of Sunrise Homes. In addition, there are Court Documents because the developer sued the Regional Councillor for re-payment of the loan when no payments on the loan had been made. The Code of Conduct states, “No Member shall borrow money from any person who does business with the town unless such person is an institution or company whose shares are publicly traded and who is in the business of lending money.”
Strike 2 – Lien of the Ministry of Finance
I discovered a Lien and Court Proceedings pertaining to a dispute between the Ministry of Finance for the Province of Ontario and the Regional Councillor in the amount of over $480,000.00 pertaining to a Corporate Tax Debt including tax collected, but not remitted, penalties and interest. The Court documents indicate that the tax debt was related to not remitting appropriate amounts or at all for Retail Sales Tax for the period of February 1, 2001, to approximately March 2010.
Strike 3 – Lien for the Non-Payment Property Taxes
I discovered that the Town of Oakville had placed a lien for tax arrears dated June 5, 2019, in the amount of $20,367.00 on the personal property of the Regional Councillor, which would constitute approximately 5 years of tax arrears based on my review of the estimated property taxes of like homes sold in the area during the default period. The Town of Oakville website confirms that it has the authority to sell property when taxes on property are outstanding for a period of two years or more by issuing a public tender. The sale would be governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal tax Rules made under the Act. In addition, The Town of Oakville could have registered a lien or Tax Arrears Certificate on title as per the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001 if property taxes are two calendar years in arrears, which was not done. The Tax Arrears Certificate was registered at approximately 5 years based on the arrears amount and the estimated annual taxes for the property in question.
We need significant change at Town Hall and I would bring that change with transparency, trust and truth.
Candidate for Ward 5 Town Councillor