Editorial: After the tax vote, it’s time to build trust in Ontario

Ontario Mayor Ron Verini listens to a question during a Town Hall in March on Ontario's proposed sales tax. (File photo/The Enterprise)

The solid defeat of Ontario’s sales tax leaves the question: Now what? Voters, property owners, business operators and government officials all should be clear that the vote settled a single issue – the tax. Left to be done is charting Ontario’s future in a way that inspires public confidence, strengthens the community, and heals the divides of recent weeks.

The sales tax started out in the hole. Oregonians just don’t like sales taxes. Tremendous salesmanship would have been needed to convince local voters otherwise. That didn’t happen. But there is more to the 2-to-1 defeat than antipathy towards a sales tax.

A close second in the list of reasons the . . .