The Unfairness That Equalization And The Tax Cap Is Creating….
The Unfairness That Equalization And The Tax Cap Is Creating…..The following email has been sent to Mayor and Council of the CBRM. We will provide their response to you when we receive it and we hope everyone is eager to hear their reply. Dear CBRM Mayor and Council: We have been hearing some discussion in the community that Mayor MacDougall and Council have started dialogue with the province about removing the tax cap. Is this a fact? The NSEF would very much like to be a part of this discussion and we would like to be heard on a few points of interest. The first point is that equalization comes to the province for a simple, straight forward purpose and that is “making equalization payments to ensure that provincial governments have sufficient revenues to provide reasonably comparable levels of public services at reasonably comparable levels of taxation.” (Section 36.2 of the Canadian Constitution) Now, we want to formally ask you a few questions: Why does CBRM have residents paying $6000 and $7000 per year for property taxes in a struggling municipality when equalization is provided so that we are not overtaxed as Canadian citizens? How is the government of Nova Scotia allowed to claim surpluses of this funding while the CBRM residents have outrageous property tax bills compared to the rest of the province and country? How long do you intend on looking the other way, as elected representatives of the people? Do you believe it is fair that CBRM, new homeowners, are paying these high property taxes when residents in HRM enjoy a low property tax bill all while they have an abundance of services and infrastructure at their fingertips? The citizens of CBRM and rural Nova Scotia deserve much better representation from our elected officials (municipally, provincially, and federally) with regards to “equalization fairness” and you all know that is a fact. Mayor MacDougall, please take this email as an early request, for time to speak in council, about this subject whenever council is prepared for the discussion surrounding the dreaded tax cap. Regards, Rev. Dr. Albert Maroun Charles Sampson & The NSEF Board Members
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