Before and after tax household income spreads in NB (Census)

Typical me, typical me
Typical me
I started something
…And now I’m not too sure

-Morrissey

Just a quick follow up to a Tweet earlier today where I stated that I would like to see some folks in rural NB have a better understanding of the link between their economy and the cost of public services.  We have to understand that public services in New Brunswick are primarily funded by three sources: personal income tax, HST and Federal transfer payments.     And, frankly, there is a very wide variance between who pays and who doesn’t in New Brunswick.  See the chart below it is self explanatory.   Now I am not for apportioning public services based on ability to pay (either at the personal or community level) but I think when there are opportunities for economic development – natural resources or otherwise – as we weigh our gut NIMBY response – we need to think at least a little about the economy and about the taxes needed to pay for public services.

Median Household Income (2005) by County and Selected Municipalities

Counties: Median Household Income After Tax Median Household Income Spread
Canada $53,634 $46,584 $7,050
New Brunswick $45,194 $39,984 $5,210
Sunbury $55,889 $47,435 $8,454
Kings $57,523 $49,098 $8,425
Albert $54,297 $46,561 $7,736
York $50,524 $43,881 $6,643
Westmorland $48,293 $42,000 $6,293
Madawaska $42,709 $37,768 $4,941
Carleton $43,627 $38,732 $4,895
Saint John $42,216 $37,328 $4,888
Charlotte $40,897 $36,625 $4,272
Gloucester $40,028 $36,047 $3,981
Northumberland $40,166 $36,448 $3,718
Kent $39,286 $35,741 $3,545
Restigouche $38,033 $34,822 $3,211
Queens $37,621 $34,419 $3,202
Victoria $38,403 $35,644 $2,759
Municipalities:
Paquetville $34,040 $33,839 $201
Blacks Harbour $36,575 $34,815 $1,760
Tracy $36,301 $34,531 $1,770
New Maryland $83,856 $67,346 $16,510
Quispamsis $74,973 $63,154 $11,819

Source: 2006 Census.

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