IN MY OPIN­ION

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lan J. Far­rell pres­i­dent, Cape Bre­ton West Lib­eral Rid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

His­tory has shown that when gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, re­quire added rev­enue, they look at tax in­creases first and ig­nore other po­ten­tial rev­enue sources.

This year the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will re­view the as­sess­ment cap which the Union of Nova Sco­tia Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties has lob­bied to end. This is not a good com­bi­na­tion for tax­pay­ers.

If the cap on res­i­den­tial as­sess­ments is re­moved, prop­erty taxes will in­crease – es­pe­cially on prop­er­ties ad­ja­cent to wa­ter, which will in­crease sub­stan­tially. The cap was put in place to pro­tect home­own­ers from rapidly in­creas­ing tax bills.

His­tory has shown that when gov­ern­ments, in­clud­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, re­quire added rev­enue, they look at tax in­creases first and ig­nore other po­ten­tial rev­enue sources. The added rev­enue from the re­moval of the cap on as­sess­ments would be huge for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties but a hard­ship for prop­erty own­ers, most whom are on fixed in­come and can’t af­ford ex­tra tax.

We know a tax grab when we see one, and this is a dandy. I say I can read, I can write, and I can def­i­nitely rec­og­nize a bad deal when I see one, but what I want the gov­ern­ment to un­der­stand is that the wal­let in the arse of my pants is empty.

We’re ask­ing that the UNSM and the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment look at the whole pic­ture be­fore they agree to re­mov­ing the cap. Start looking at elim­i­nat­ing gov­ern­ment waste and sell­ing core as­sets.

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