15 May 2009

Citizens of HRM Prefer Property Taxes Based on Cost of Services Received

HALIFAX:  The majority of citizens in HRM prefer property taxes to be based on the cost of services received, as opposed to property value assessments, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Six in ten HRM residents prefer that property taxes be based on the cost of services received, while under one-quarter prefer that property taxes be based on property value assessments.

Those outside of Halifax and Dartmouth are more likely to prefer that property taxes be based on the cost of services received.

“There is clear preference for another basis for property taxes that is not surprising given that rising assessments have led to significant increases in taxes paid by most property owners since amalgamation”, according to Don Mills, President and CEO of CRA.

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 400 adult residents, conducted from April 30 to May 12, 2009, with results accurate to within +4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 722-3100.

There has been considerable discussion recently regarding tax reform within Halifax Regional Municipality. Would you personally prefer property taxes to be based on property value assessments, or to be based on the cost of the services actually received by the property owner?
Overall

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Halifax

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Dartmouth

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Bedford/

Sackville

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Other

HRM

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Based on assessments2321342119
Based on services received6055546868
Don’t know/no answer1724121213

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