One of the more bizarre public policy moves of the Mike Harris Conservatives was to have municipalities (property taxes) finance (in a very, very small way) welfare and health care.
What is even more bizarre is the current Liberal government's refusal to reverse the move. Lower property taxes, raise the provincial sales tax. Problem solved. Don't want to raise the sales tax? Fine, raise personal income tax then. Or raise the corporate income taxes (business pay property taxes too, you know).
Even worse, renters in apartment buildings of 7 plus units pay 3 times more property tax (via their rent) than owners of similar valued condos! Double worse, there is a capital gains tax on apartment buildings but not on condo apartments or mansions.