Winnipeg Property Tax Hike
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[Winnipeg Property Tax Hike]
Peter Chura: Source: LYBIO.net
Winnipeg’s 14-year freeze on property taxes is about to thaw. City Hall is looking for a 3.5% property tax increase this year, a hike that would add an extra of $50 to $60 to your residential tax bill. Mayor Sam Katz denies going against anything he said about tax hikes in the last election campaign. Of course, Lauren McNabb has been crunching those numbers in City Hall today joins us now live, Lauren?
Well, Peter, the Mayor says the cost of running the city is up that they’re applying on spending $53 million more this year than they did last year, money that will go towards rising police salaries, recreation centers, transit and roads. And if Winnipeggers want to see those services continue and potentially improve the Mayor says it has no choice, but to raise property taxes.
The freeze on your property taxes is over, but the thaw won’t put a spring in your step.
I’m just going to quickly get into a…
With a sigh and then a reminder.
After an unprecedented 14-year property tax freeze.
The Mayor announced a plan Tuesday that would see them jump 3.5%.
An increase that will bring $14.8 million more into the city, by taking $50 to $60 out of the average homeowner’s wallet.
Sam Katz: Source: LYBIO.net
If you can’t get revenue from growth, which is controlled by the provincial government, you don’t have a choice.
During the 2010 election, it was Sam Katz who chose the campaign against property tax hikes.
People should not lose their homes when their other avenues to consider first.
Telling voters in a recorded message, an opponents plan to raise them would hurt the working poor.
I know we have to raise money, but let’s be honest about it, and this should have been honestly portrayed during the last election.
Actually, I said property tax increases were regressive, it’s a very regressive tax.
But he blames the province for the city’s inability to find other revenue streams for years, Winnipeg has been campaigning for a share of the provincial sales tax, the premier says the province funds cities enough.
They are well financed relative to other jurisdictions in Canada.
It’s definitely not the province’s fault. The reality is that city still has a lot of areas for efficiency, and they need to be more aggressive in going after those before simply raising property taxes.
Lauren McNabb: Source: LYBIO.net
Now the city says it will save about $15 million this year by not filling jobs that are currently vacant. The vacancies, it says it shouldn’t affect overall services. Remember the entire budget still has to be approved by city council, but that property tax hike is likely a done deal.
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