How do your local taxes compare?

The City of Edmonton has just published its 2007 Residential Property Taxes and Utility Charges Survey. Moncton is not included but Fredericton and Saint John are included. Here is how they fare according to the survey (these are quotes):

St. John’s had the lowest total property tax per person at $792, followed by Surrey at $845, and Laval at $1,012. Toronto had the highest property tax per person at $2,001, followed by Fredericton at $1,883 and Victoria at $1,814.

Edmonton’s total property and business tax per person was $1,252 per year, and ranked the eighth lowest in 2007. This was 10% lower than the twenty-four cities’ average of $1,389 and 12% lower than Calgary’s $1,418. Surrey had the lowest combined tax per person at $845, followed by St. John’s at $1,001 and Laval at $1,012. Toronto had the highest combined tax per person at $2,001, followed by Fredericton at $1,893 and Victoria at 1,814.

Saint John is not mentioned in the narrative but in the tables is close to Fredericton.

Monthly utilities charges in both Freddy and SJ are at the median level.

It’s a pretty detailed study. I encourage folks to have a look at the calculations and see what it might mean for public policy.

The truth is that this type of survey is done in a vacuum without indicating other sources of municipal funding or charges. In addition, smaller municipalities may have larger per capita costs because of the lack of critical mass.

Interesting stuff, nevertheless.

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0 Responses to How do your local taxes compare?

  1. Anonymous says:

    STEVEN CHASE AND GREG KEENAN

    From Friday’s Globe and Mail

    January 25, 2008 at 4:08 AM EST

    OTTAWA, TORONTO — Industry Minister Jim Prentice says Ford might yet qualify for federal help to reopen an engine plant in Windsor, Ont., because Ontario manufacturers would be eligible to tap the Harper government’s $1-billion economic hardship fund if the province agrees.

    But he emphasized yesterday it’s up to Ontario to work with Ottawa to set the proper ground rules for the fund.

    We would refuse tax money,right?

  2. Anonymous says:

    property tax ‘per person’ is a little misleading.

  3. nbt says:

    Nice suff, David. Hopefully, this will be just another reminder to NBers of the economic pitfalls of being overtaxed. Also, it was curious that Service New Brunswick withheld the numbers coming out of Moncton. Weird that.

  4. nbt says:

    Oh yeah, from one Scot to another, Happy Robbie Burns Day!!! May your special pudding cooked inside a sheep’s stomach be enjoyful. 😉