Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Monday Apr 11th - 2016

On December 10, 2015 City Council approved the 2016 budget that represented a 2.99% increase to the average residential property.

Voting in favour were: Councillors Allt, Downer, Gordon, Hofland, Piper, Salisbury and Wettstein.

Voting against were: Mayor Guthrie, Councillors Bell, Billings, Gibson, MacKinnon and Van Hellemond.

 

If only it were this simple.  On top of this 2.99%, on March 21, 2016 council voted to shift taxes from multi-residential and industrial property classes onto other classes including single family residential (this includes detached homes, townhomes, condominiums, apartments with under 7 units etc).  This resulted in an average single family residential tax increase of 3.72% for 2016.

Voting in favour were: Councillors Allt, Bell, Downer, Gordon, Hofland, Piper and

Salisbury.

Voting against were: Mayor Guthrie, Councillors Billings, Gibson, MacKinnon, Van

Hellemond and Wettstein.

 

The city has been undertaking this shifting for several years now resulting in much higher residential tax increases than advertised.

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