Property Taxes

Yes, Calgary, Your Property Taxes Really Are Soaring

Mark Milke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

It's not your imagination. Your property taxes really are shooting higher. For those who haven't paid attention to their property tax bill until recently, let me offer some calculations.

Why Calgary's Property Taxes are Skyrocketing

Mark Milke | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

If you live in Calgary and you check your property tax bill this month, rest assured you are not imagining things: property taxes really are on the rise and way above inflation. Some background: Calgary's property tax bill has two components, with the city's share at 56 per cent and the province's at 44 per cent.

Vancouver Bixi Bike Share Takes Taxpayers For Ride

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Vancouver's Bixi public bike-share program may sound like good public policy but in the end, it will be taxpayers who will get taken for a ride. Why are they paying for bikes when the car shares have proven transportation co-ops and businesses can be sustained without taxpayer dollars?

Municipal Golf Courses Have Taxpayers Tee'd-Off

Jordan Bateman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Golf revenues are slowly on the decline across Canada. Some B.C. leaders have missed the simplest way of fixing this problem: getting taxpayers out of the golf game all together. It's one thing for taxes to go to essentials like water, sewer or public safety, it's another thing to know you're subsidizing luxuries like municipal golf courses. If you can find a service listed on YellowPages.ca, government shouldn't be providing it.

B.C. Voters Can Send City Hall a Message: Less Taxes, Control Spending

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

Municipal elections are notable for their small turnout. In many communities across B.C., a few votes can make a big difference, which is why people concerned about high taxes and bloated spending need to vote to change the culture of their council -- and then hold their new leaders accountable for their decisions.

Should Ontarians Pay an Extra Trash Tax?

Andrew Reeves | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada
Andrew Reeves

You may think that people should be collectively responsible for paying for the waste they cumulatively generate. Or you may feel that, like residents without children who oppose paying for schools, it should be a personal responsibility. Either way, Ontario appears to be behind in having these discussions.

Ontario's Municipalities Still Wait For Change

Ian Chadwick | Posted 10.25.2011 | Canada
Ian Chadwick

Ontario's provincial leaders are promising a lot this election, but no one is talking about repairing the relationship between municipalities and the province. Sure, everyone talks about "partnerships' with municipalities, but it's not a partnership when the other side has all the cards.