Stratford News Residential tax increase lower than expected SHARE ON: Patrick Grapes, staff Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 2014 The residential tax in Stratford is going up, but not as much as first thought. The increase was pegged at 1.3% at Monday’s city council meeting. That averages out to about $45 dollars more per tax bill. Council had been expecting an increase of 1.9%. A decrease in the education portion of the property tax, which is determined by the province, is behind the lower than expected increase.