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Meeting Minutes - February 22, 2011
The CBRM Property Taxpayers Association
An executive meeting of the CBRMPTA took place on Tuesday February 22, 2011 at the Marion Bridge fire hall.
In attendance: Joe Gillis – Jerry Gillis – Dan Gillis – Allan Farrell – Harry Huntington – Bob Richards – and special guest Kim Desveaux.
Absent: Francis Gillis – Bruce Hennessey – Dou Peach – Barry Macdonald.
Calling of Meeting to Order
Mr. Joe Gillis called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m.
Brainstorm the CAP Review 2010, Municipal Discussion Sessions Summary Report
Upon reviewing this report, the executive findings were as follows:
- The report is bias.
- Only 45of the 55 Towns and Municipalities attended with representation comprised of only 38 elected politicians and 76 staff – 114 in all attended.
- No stakeholders in attendance to voice their concerns(The Taxpayer).
- No Real Estate Firms in attendance.
- The report states that people are happy with the CAP but misinformed. The misinformed are taxpayers.
- This report doesn’t deal with the most important issue that causing this problem and that’s Wasteful and excessive spending on the part of Towns and Municipalities.
- This report does not ask for input from other associations. For example, CBRMPTA have three models for presentation.
- It appears anyone who has built a home in the last three years is bearing the brunt of the tax burden. If this continues, there will be fewer and fewer new homes constructed which will further impact on potential municipal revenues.
- If Nova Scotia had a fair, equitable, and uniform property tax assessment program, there would have no need for CAP in the first place.
The executive agreed that a formal letter be written to address CBRMPTA’s major concerns with the Report and forwarded to:
Lynn Brown Avery, Manager, Municipal Tax Policy
Mail: Maritime Centre, 14 North
1505 Barrington Street
PO Box 216
Halifax, NS B3J 2M4
Also all questions will be mailed to:
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Office of the Minister
Jerry has finished his model for presentation. Both Dan and Doug are still in the process as their information came in late.
It was suggested that we put an update on our progress in the local papers. This was agreed.
Our Web Page should be operating within the next couple of weeks.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.