municipal finances

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Burnaby relies heavily on industrial property taxes

At 44.9 per cent, Burnaby’s heavy industry tax rates were more than 22 times higher than its residential tax rates.


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The average annual growth rates in household income range from a high of 4.1 per cent for Timmins to a low of -0.1 per cent for Windsor.


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Per capita municipal debt in Ontario ranged from a low of zero in Whitby to a high of $2,634 in York Region.

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One of the justifications for the rising rates is to promote environmental responsibility and water conservation.

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Once again, Calgary city council has raised property taxes beyond the rate of inflation. No surprise. Over the past seven years, only once, in 2007, has council approved a tax increase below Calgary’s inflation rate.


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Scrutiny of government tax and spending policies remains an important hallmark of Canadian democracy. And yet, while federal and provincial government finances routinely make headlines, municipal governments often escape the fiscal spotlight. This makes it difficult for taxpayers to know how local governments spend tax dollars and whether they deliver value for money.