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Monday, March 28, 2005
Nova Scotia moves against double taxation
The Halifax Herald reports this important (to Nova Scotians) story about the proposed elimination of the occupancy tax. Because businesses face both a business occupancy tax and a commerical property tax at the municipal level, provincial Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet announced plans to kill the occupancy tax which hinders NS's chances of attracting and creating new business. This is, of course, to be applauded. But more of a problem is that municipal tax policy (but not the level) is determined by the province, yet another absurdity of the lack of official recognition (constitutionally) of cities.
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From the article:
"Following a cabinet meeting Thursday, Mr. Barnet said eliminating the tax will allow municipalities to collect more property tax, particularly from the federal government."
Wowza. Way to go Nova Scotia.
Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-03-28 6:07:07 PM
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