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Spending threatens fiscal sustainability of BC municipalities

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new report today that reveals the vast majority of British Columbia’s municipalities have been increasing their operating spending at an unsustainable pace since 2000.
 

BC Municipal Property Tax Gaps 2003-13: A 10-Year Perspective

CFIB's newly released report BC Property Tax Gap Report that takes a ten-year look at the disparities between residential and commercial property tax rates across the province, also known as the “tax gap”. In BC, the overall tax gap has started to narrow in recent years. After rising from 2.48 in 2003 to 2.93 in 2008, the gap had closed to 2.65 in 2013.
 

Do You Know a Small Business that Deserves an Award?

Nominations and voting for The Small Business BC Awards are open from October 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014, and are accepted by both the business owners themselves and third-party nominations. Winners will receive the Premier's Prize of $1,500 cash and other prizes!

Minimum Wage News

The B.C. Federation of Labour is calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a 46 per-cent increase over the current $10.25 an hour and $4 higher than anywhere else in North America. To some, it might sound like a good idea. But if your objective is to help those in need, there are better ways.

Transit Referendum News

Who should pay for transit and infrastructure funding? If you say the government, well the truth is there is no such thing as government money; their money comes from us – the taxpayer. So the next question is do you believe we need to raise the money to pay for transit and infrastructure funding and if so how?
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