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Dartmouth councillors reject "tax reform"


Dartmouth councillor Gloria McCluskey tells me that the Harbour East Community Council will unanimously vote tonight to express its opposition to the "tax reform" proposal.

The Harbour East Community Council consists of all the Dartmouth, Eastern Passage and Cole Harbour councillors: McCluskey, Darren Fisher, Jim Smith, Bill Karsten, Lorelei Nicoll and Jackie Barkhouse.

McCluskey says the group will send out a press release this afternoon explaining its position. I'll post the release here as soon as I receive it. Tonight's meeting will be held at 6pm, at the old Dartmouth city council chambers, 90 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.

Read my analysis of the "tax reform" issue here.

Update, 3:40pm.

Here's the press release:

Harbour East Community Council against current proposals for Tax Reform

(Thursday, January 14, 2010) - Tonight, at its regular monthly meeting, Harbour East Community Council, which is comprised of Councillors Gloria McCluskey - Chair, Jim Smith, Bill Karsten, Jackie Barkhouse, Lorelei Nicoll, and Darren Fisher, will discuss Tax Reform, and will issue a public statement announcing that they have unanimously decided against moving forward on any of the current proposals for Tax Reform. After many meetings, much consideration and due process which have been advanced as a result of the work done by the Tax Reform Committee over the past several years, the like-minded Councillors feel it is time to speak out publicly.

The opinion of the Municipally elected group is that the proposals put forward by the tax committee shift the tax burden from a small segment of the population with high priced properties, to those with middle priced and lower priced properties. They are not supportive of substituting one method of taxation to any of the ones proposed that are deemed to have their own inequities.

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