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For citizen and former economic development strategist Bruce Billard, there is one obvious question why didn't Port aux Basques council follow suit and lower the mil rate?
His concern is for those citizens who may not understand exactly how the mil rate affects their tax bills until they open them in May. He would like to see council address this issue now while Omega Constellation 24mm
"Our town's average increase in property value was 22 per cent. But our mil rate stayed the same. Why are our services costing so much more in 2013 that causes this increase in tax revenues?"
A catch 22 situation here ! You have 30 days a nice while back to have your appeal in to the municipal assessment (with a fee) another rip off to discourage people from appealing, but alot of people didn't appeal because there were talks around that the town was going to lower the mil rate. And then there is a STUPID BUSSINESS TAX which is really a penalty to people who want to invest ,put up new buildings and CREATE NEW JOBS. that is why this town never seams to grow and Port Aux Basques is leaving all it's eggs in one basket : Marine Atlantic.
"The cost of everything is increasing. Fuel, heating, groceries, and what we have done is widened the gap on home ownership again. Maybe I'm wrong. But show me the justification."
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council to explain why we need the extra $382,000 to run the community.
Organized crime at it's best. Municipalities need cash but want someone else to get it for them cause there's trouble keeping local councilors due to taxpayer pressure so have an assessment board do the dirty work without even looking at the properties. Electronic crime legalized by your gov't. It's been silently grabbing your money for a few years. I've done the appeal process and won but they try to wear u down. This is where Chess Crosbie should hang out cause the process is corrupt, no one ever physically looks at a property to determine value changes, just use grossly inflated real estate values driven by out of province oil salaries.
The mil rate can be calculated as one dollar of tax for every thousand dollars of assesed property value. In other words, a homeowner in Port aux Basques whose property value was assessed at $100,000 will pay $1,000 in taxes this year at the current mil rate of 10.
The former town councillor and current CEO of Leading Edge Credit Union has crunched the numbers and sees some unsettling trends in the last few budgets that he feels will affect the issue of affordable housing for many citizens.
This sentiment is reflected in Cory Munden's comments as well.
He has some questions for council.
Citizens question property tax rates
"I love Port aux Basques. I've grown up and lived here all my life," Mr. Billard said.
As of press time, Mayor Brian Button was out of the province and unavailable for comment. The Gulf News hopes to follow up in next week's edition with a response from the town.
it's still early in the year.
"Where is the tax revenue going to come from? Why does it cost so much to operate the town? Where can there be some efficiency found? What is the strategy?
"The higher than normal tax assessement base like we have makes the affordable housing gap that much larger," he said.
In other municipalities throughout the province, property tax assessments have increased as well. However, in municipalities such as Deer Lake, Stephenville, St. George's, Corner Brook and St. John's, councils have decreased the mil rate for 2013 in order to compensate for that increase.
Both Mr. Munden and Mr. Billard expressed that they are not taking aim at council. They feel that there needs to be some explanation for the citizens of Port aux Basques as a whole to go along with the apparent need for increased revenue.
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