Area rating is the tax policy in which residents without certain services – especially full-time firefighters – pay a lower property rate than residents with full services. It was implemented when communities in the former Region of Sudbury amalgamated at the turn of the century, in recognition of varying service levels across the new city. File photo.

 Ending area rating in Greater Sudbury would mean a big tax hike for most residents outside the old City of Sudbury, but a tax cut for everyone else.That was the message Tuesd...

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