Author’s Note: I received these lovely words below and the letter from the town of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan from Carleton Place resident Rebecca Johnson-Hughes– and thought I would post it. I thought it was a brilliant idea until a very cherished and learned soul told me yesterday *this this was not allowed in the province of Ontario*. See my comments after the letter. But this would have been great.
My husband and I were both born & raised in small town Saskatchewan. He joined the CF when he was 17 and is still serving. We are a fiercely proud military family. After moving around for a few years, we found ourselves in Carleton Place almost 7 years ago and have come to love this town as our own. We are involved with various community youth groups and like to pay things forward whenever we can.
Within our town there are many veterans and military families who, like us, want to continue to see Carleton Place thrive and grow much like everyone who lives here. The town of Gravelbourg in Saskatchewan had set forth a challenge to other communities to match their 10% reduction on the municipal portion of property taxes for veterans-and wouldn’t this be great if the same happened here.–Rebecca Johnson-Hughes
Author’s note- Would this not be wonderful if this could happen– but it cannot. However, I challenge the large construction companies busy constructing new homes in our area to offer discounts to the military– it is the very least we can do. If government cannot do it–let’s challenge the private sector.