Witless Bay mayor wants no-tax towns to pay up
The Mayor of Witless Bay wants the provincial government to do something about towns that don't collect property taxes.
Mayor Sébastian Després said it's unfair that some communities charge taxes while local service districts don't.
Residents of Witless Bay pay property tax, while in nearby Mobile, residents pay a fee to neighbouring municipalities for services like garbage collection in lieu of property taxes,
Després said it's an issue that comes up regularly at his council meetings.
"Local service districts in the province can be perceived to have a free ride in terms of these services," he told CBC.
Després said he doesn't blame the districts, but would like the provincial government to take action and make changes to have taxes more fairly spread across the board.
"That kind of humongous infrastructure project is impossible unless everybody, all the people who benefit from this kind of project, is expected to pay," he said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Steve Kent agrees with Després that something has to change.
"We have a complex structure of local government in this province, and it's one I feel isn't sustainable, and it's one that will be looked at during this fiscal framework review, said Kent.