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Pushing back against property tax hikes in 2018!

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We are concerned many Saskatchewan municipalities may increase property taxes again in 2018. Help us tell municipal leaders to further contain costs and avoid another property tax hike!

Did you know?

  • On average, business owners in Saskatchewan pay 2 to 3 times more property taxes than residential property owners.
  • The province committed 1% ($258 million) of the PST to municipalities in 2017-18, a 103% increase since 2007-08.
  • Saskatchewan Cities will receive $124 million in revenue sharing in 2017-18, a 156% increase since 2007-08.

 

Action:

  • CFIB released its 9th annual property tax report: WANTED: Property Tax Fairness, which examined the property tax burden in 75 Sask municipalities, and 31 RMs.
  • CFIB opposed property tax hikes and presented members’ concerns to the City of Regina, and the City of Saskatoon. We urged them to spend sustainably, and reduce the size/cost of government instead of hiking property taxes.

 

Results so far:

Disappointed many municipal leaders did not listen and hiked property taxes in 2017:

  • Estevan: 10.2%
  • Yorkton: 9.46%
  • Melville: 8.36%
  • Regina: 6.49%
  • Moose Jaw: 6.24%
  • North Battleford: 6%
  • Humboldt: 5.7%
  • Saskatoon: 4.82%
  • Melfort: 4.07%
  • Swift Current: 3.4%
  • Weyburn: 2.74%
  • Meadow Lake: 2%
  • Warman: 1.58%
  • Prince Albert: 1.5%

 

In the 2017 provincial budget, Education Property Tax mill rates increased to bring the contribution level to 40% of school funding, an increase of $54M.

Get involved! We will continue to fight for sustainable spending. Please take a moment to sign CFIB’s action alert and help us Tell Mayors to say ‘No’ to property tax hikes in 2018!

Next steps:

  • Stay tuned! CFIB’s 10th annual property tax gap report WANTED: Property Tax Fairness will be released fall 2017.

 

Find out how much more your municipality received in municipal revenue sharing from the Province since 2007.