Towns, province start work on new municipal financing deal

Provincial officials and municipal leaders held the first in a series of meetings over the weekend in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Town reps hold first fiscal meeting in Grand Falls-Windsor

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador President Churence Rogers says officials are hoping to get feedback from the public about what issues need to be addressed to improve arrangements between municipal and provincial government. (CBC)

Provincial officials and municipal representatives held the first in a series of meetings over the weekend in Grand Falls-Windsor.

The meetings are part of a public consultation to help officials determine a new fiscal arrangement between communities and the provincial government.

Churence Rogers, president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, said they are looking to resolve a number of issues.

"Under the terms of reference that we submitted to the province, there are a number of issues that we raised, particularly around the current property tax system which we consider to be a very unfair tax," he said.

"It [property tax] tends to impact greatly on lower-income families and seniors in our municipalities, and there's always the issue when property values increase dramatically it puts a great tax burden on the seniors and low-income families."

Rogers said officials are hoping to generate some feedback from the public through an online survey to help determine what issues are priorities for residents.

The public consultations will stop in a number of communities across Newfoundland and Labrador over the next two months. The next meeting will take place in Clarenville on Friday.