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City director of finance Dean Rear couldn't say what the final outcome of the tax shift would be.
"We are not immune to the fiscal problems of the rest of the world and Canada. I really think we have to tighten our fiscal belt and look at way of reducing the tax burden."
Although council managed to reduce the 4.75 tax rate increase initially pitched by Air Jordan 5 Black Orange
Doug Bing, a councillor who also owns a business, doesn't think Elkerton's will work.
"It is not good enough just to say no. You have to go look for solution."
According to the Community Charter, the tax rate bylaw must be adopted by May 15. A financial plan bylaw must be adopted before that.
Pitt Meadows councillor wants tax increase lowered further
Coun. Janis Elkerton is set to bring a resolution to council on Tuesday to reduce the proposed residential tax increase by one per cent, to Nike Air Jordan 5 Offering
"I thought we had already spent a lot of time on this," she said at a meeting Tuesday.
Homeowners in Pitt Meadows could see their taxes drop even further if councillors back a proposal by one of them to slash a proposed rate change for 2012 by another per cent.
Elkerton found out that in 2009 all other classes had a zero per cent increase. She also believes there are other areas where cuts can be made, such as $12,000 being spent on a survey of residents that's been conducted by the city every three years, and another $200,000 being spent to paint the arenas.
During the Christmas break, she decided to gather Nike Air Jordan Black And White information to pitch her case to other councillors.
"Shifting tax burden between classes is a policy decision that all local governments are able to make," Rear said. "The residential class has the lowest tax rate. All of the other property classes have tax rates higher Jordans For Girls Size 7
"I am just having trouble with how fast the debt ran up," she said, noting that the city was debt free four years ago when she last sat on council.
"I have never voted against a budget ever," said Elkerton, who previously spent 14 years on council.
The city's mayor, meanwhile, doesn't mind a slight delay in approving the 2012 tax rate increase, but doesn't think it is as simple as shifting the burden from one class to another.
"By doing that, it would go up more than one per cent [for other classes], and I don't believe that is reasonable to our agricultural people, for one. They pay high drainage utilities and are struggling enough as it is," said Deb Walters.
than the residential class by varying multiples."
staff by 20 per cent, Elkerton said she was uncomfortable with it and abstained from voting.
Coun. Tracy Miyashita was surprised that Elkerton asked to rehash the budget.
She's also alarmed at the city's debt, which currently sits at $16 million.
2.93 from 3.93 per cent.
"In the tough economic times we are in, a lot of small businesses are struggling. There's a thought that small businesses won't notice a small tax increase, but that's not true. Any tax increase is going to be noticed by them. They either have to bring in more money by selling more product, have to reduce their staff, or their costs go up. I think that the reduction we have made in taxes from 4.75 to 3.93 benefits residents and business."
"We had the survey. We had an election. We found out what people were concerned about," said Elkerton, adding painting the arena is "a nicety versus a necessity" that can be done when the city has more cash.
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