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.