Winnipeg Faculty Authorities Name For A Property Tax Hike – Is It Time To Merge Departments? – Winnipeg

Two school departments in Winnipeg are calling for an increase in property taxes in their 2019-2020 budget proposals.

The Winnipeg School Division is demanding a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes.

The increase would add about $ 40 a year to the average home owner tax burden in the school department.

A school trustee within the department warned that there could be cuts due to the level of funding in the province.

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The Louis Riel School Division is aiming for a higher increase of 3.47 percent, or $ 68 per year, for the average homeowner.

The application comes despite the provincial government limiting the property tax increase by two percent in January.

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Property taxes are based on a calendar year, while school departments use so-called “special requirements” based on the school year.

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There are seven school departments in the city while other major cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary have only two.

The idea of ​​merging departments is explored in the K-12 education report, says Minister of Education Kelvin Goertzen.

“I need to be convinced that this is the right number and so the mandate will be to look into the possible consolidation of school areas.”

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“Nothing is off the table,” he said.

WATCH: Province urges Manitoba school departments to “hold the line or maybe pocket a little.”


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Manitoba’s school departments are expected to “hold the line or maybe take a little” – Jan 24, 2019

Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Todd MacKay says consolidation could result in a more efficient system if done right.

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“There is often an overlap that can be reversed. You can save taxpayers’ money with less administrative work and more of those resources going to the classroom. It is good if you can save taxpayers’ money and not be able to raise taxes so much. “

But school trustees like Chris Broughton, chairman of the board of directors of the Winnipeg School Division, says fewer school departments would give parents and taxpayers less of a say in how schools are run.

“Residents and payers and parents who expect programs in their communities may not be able to continue those programs in the future.”

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University of Winnipeg economics professor Phillip Cyrenne says one benefit of merging departments is that they could help bridge the gap between rich and poor departments.

“School department income is based fairly heavily on the value of the property in the area. Some areas have a lot of commercial businesses so they also pay school taxes and other areas may not have that much so you can get inequalities in school tax revenues per department. “

The provincial review of the education system is expected to be completed in February 2020.

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