IN MY OPINION
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.