Busi­ness own­ers pay much more tax

Times Colonist - - Comment -

Re: “Hor­gan not cred­i­ble on tax­a­tion,” let­ter, Oct. 7.

It should be fur­ther noted that most busi­nesses in our prov­ince oc­cupy prop­erty zoned com­mer­cially (re­tail, in­dus­trial or of­fice).

Depend­ing on which mu­nic­i­pal­ity they are in, the prop­erty taxes th­ese busi­nesses pay are up to four times the rate paid by res­i­dences. But wait, there’s more.

The folks who own and op­er­ate th­ese busi­nesses also oc­cupy a res­i­dence and there­fore are pay­ing five times the taxes of pub­lic ser­vants and other em­ploy­ees. Tax fair­ness? I don’t think so. J. Ed­mund Hig­gin Vic­to­ria

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