I received a crash course in taxes as the Coordinator of Our HRM Alliance. While I know I will never have the knowledge of people at the Business Commissions and Homeowners’ Associations, I know I can depend on their knowledge.
HRM accounts for more than 50% of the province’s economy and this will likely increase. Participation with the private sector, non-profits, and other governments—as the generators of wealth—is essential. So, too is careful attention to levying taxes to support service delivery. The property tax, the main municipal taxation instrument, is deeply flawed—but it’s all we have. HRM should monitor its assessment application and press the Province for a formal review of the governing statute. All too often we learn that commercial properties have been underassessed for years: this emerges when they are sold, often for well in excess of their assessed value. This means their owners have not been paying their fair share of taxes, pushing the tax burden onto the residential homeowner/renter.
HRM needs to set several categories of tax rates in the commercial and industrial sectors to account for different situations and public policy goals. For example, taxation on parking or empty lots should be based on avoiding under-utilization of land. The tax aspect of Powley’s policies will not require expenditures; they may save money!
HRM needs a Better Council.
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Jen Powley is a candidate for councillor in District 7.
Jen has lived with multiple sclerosis throughout her adult life. She knows what it’s like to face challenges and make good things happen. She listens, she thinks, and she acts.
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