Families paying more through property taxes isn’t the answer

NDP opposes government’s plan to break its promise and short-change municipalities

The NDP is highly concerned about the premier’s suggestion that he'll break his promise to municipalities, short-changing them on the municipal revenue-sharing deal and driving up property taxes and costs on families.

Brad Wall made the comments to the media Thursday.

“The fact is, the government hasn't been properly funding municipal infrastructure needs as it is,” said NDP Deputy Leader Trent Wotherspoon. “For Mr. Wall to break his promise on revenue sharing on top of the short-changing that’s already been going on would squeeze growing municipalities further.

“It would mean higher property taxes and other costs for families all over the province, and that’s unacceptable.”

Wotherspoon said the formula for sharing PST revenue is already based on total PST income, so municipalities will already see a cut if PST revenue in the province drops.

When it comes to reigning in out of control spending, the NDP said the government should look inward.

“This government chose to increase spending on consultants by 228 per cent, forking over more than $120 million a year without proper paperwork to explain why we’re paying these consultants. It’s spending untold millions every year to continue the bizarre John Black Lean program indefinitely. The $1.6 billion carbon capture experiment is not looking economically sound. And, this government is literally giving away millions of dollars to the manufacturer of the dangerous smart meters instead of trying to get it back. When it comes to finding things to cut out in the budget, start there.”

Wotherspoon said municipalities have already passed budgets that are tight, and are counting on the PST-sharing deal in their calculations. Many municipalities have already been forced to introduce significant property tax increases and higher fees for residents in their budgets.

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For more information, contact:
Erin Morrison, NDP caucus