Congratulating Saskatoon’s elected officials on making what she feels is the right decision, Prince Albert Coun. Charlene Miller is reiterating her anti-base tax stance this week.
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Coun. Charlene Miller.
According to a report in The Star Phoenix newspaper on Tuesday, Saskatoon city council decided during Monday’s meeting to not institute a $170 levy to pay for road repairs.
It was decided that a $170 levy on every property in the city, regardless of its value, would adversely affect those least able to pay, The Star Phoenix reported -- a sentiment Prince Albert Coun. Charlene Miller agrees with.
“I would like to congratulate the council of Saskatoon for thinking for all of the citizens of Saskatoon,” she said.
Earlier this year, the city’s elected officials decided in a split vote to levy a new $189 base on every residential property in the city, with commercial properties facing a higher varied rate.
"Some of the houses in my ward would have a 15 to 18 per cent increase and the brand new houses would have a five per cent increase and that just doesn't sit right with me," Miller said at the time.
Miller represents the west flat area of Prince Albert, where there are a number of lower-income households.
Flat tax, or base taxes are an alternative to mill rate increases, which result in percentage increases based on property value.