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Are you concerned about your municipal taxes?

The 2016 reassessments caused many farmers across the province to see increased tax bills. In many areas, the values of farmland rose at a far greater rate than they did for other property classes. This has resulted in a larger share of municipal revenues coming from farmers. KAP has heard your concerns and has sent a letter to all of the municipalities in Manitoba, outlining some of the options (see below) they have to lessen the municipal tax burden on farmers. Now we urge you, their residents, taxpayers and voters, to attend your municipality's financial plan hearing and encourage your RM to do something to lessen this burden. We have gathered many municipal hearing dates, for your reference (see bottom for details).

Here are options for your RM to reduce taxes on farmland

KAP research has indicated that as a result of the 2016 reassessment, the average farmland assessment values across Manitoba increased by 45 per cent. Even in municipalities that lowered the mill rate in 2016, the rapid increase in the value of farmland has, in many cases, caused a greater portion of the tax burden to be borne by farmers. We have urged the municipalities to consider ways to return the distribution of the municipal tax burden to pre-2016 levels. In a letter recently sent by KAP to all of the municipalities, we outlined three main options available to them for reducing the burden:

  1. They can apply to the province to reduce the portioned value percentage on certain classes of property within their municipality. If granted permission to do so, the municipality could then reduce the taxable portion of farmland assessments. This will only apply to the general municipal portion of property taxes, and not to school taxes.
  2. The municipality can introduce a tax credit for owners of farmland within the municipality. This would return some of the taxes paid by farmers to them. It can be introduced at the municipal level without seeking provincial approval.  Again, this will only apply to the general municipal portion of property taxes, and not to school taxes.
  3. They can join efforts with other municipalities in similar situations to request that the provincial government lower the portioned value percentage for all farmland across Manitoba. The portioned value percentage for farmland has not been revised since 2002.
Farmers should not be contributing a disproportionate amount of the money needed to operate a municipality. Please take this message to your municipal officials.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bridget Whipple by telephone at 204-697-1140 or by e-mail at bridget.whipple@kap.mb.ca

Attend the financial plan hearing date in your RM

May 8 – RM of Reynolds – Council Chambers, 46044 Highway 11, Hadashville @ 6:30 pm
May 8 – Prairie View Municipality – Birtle Council Chambers @ 7:30 pm
May 9 – Town of Minnedosa – Council Chambers, Civic Centre @ 5:30 pm
May 9 – RM of Rossburn – Council Chambers, 39 Main St N., Rossburn @7 pm
May 9 – RM of St. Andrews – Council Chambers, 500 Railway Ave., Clandeboye @ 6 pm
May 9 – RM of Dauphin – Council Chambers @ 1:15 pm
May 9 – RM of Norfolk-Treherne – Council Chambers, 215 Broadway St., Treherne @ 8 pm
May 9  – RM of Stuartburn – Municipal Office Building, 108 Main St. North, Vita @ 7 pm
May 9 – RM of St. Francois Xavier – Council Chambers, 1060 Highway 26 @ 5 pm
May 10 – RM of Ste. Anne - Council Chambers @ 7 pm
May 10 – RM of Brenda-Waskada – Council Chambers, 33 Railway Ave., Waskada @ 10 am
May 10 – RM of Victoria – Council Chambers, 130 Broadway St., Holland @ 11 am
May 10 – RM of Deloraine-Winchester – Council Chambers, Deloraine @ 8:30 am
May 10 – RM of Ste. Anne – 395 Traverse Road, Ste. Anne @ 7 pm
May 11 – RM of St. Laurent – Council Chambers, 16 St. Laurent Veterans’ Memorial Road, @ 7 pm
May 11 – Town of Morris – Council Chambers, 1-380 Stampede Grounds – check time
May 11 – RM of Tache – Council Chambers, 1294 Dawson Rd., Lorette @ 7 pm
May 11 – Town of Ste. Anne – Ste. Anne Curling Club, 55 Arena Rd. @ 7 pm
May 11 – RM of Sifton – municipal office, 293 2nd Ave W, Oak Lake,  @ 2 pm - call to confirm
May 12 – RM of Rosedale – Council Chambers, 282 Hamilton St., Neepawa @ 1:30 pm
May 12 – RM of Coldwell – Lundar Lutheran Church, First Ave N. @ 7pm
May 12 – RM of Cartwright-Roblin – Council Chambers, 485 Curwen, Cartwright @ 8 pm
May 12 – RM of Glenella-Landsdowne – Council Chambers, 50 Main St. N, Glenella @ 11 am
May 15 – RM of Ritchot – Council Chambers, 352 Main St., St. Adolphe @ 7 pm
May 15 – Municipality of Roblin – Council Chambers, 125 - 1st Avenue NW, Roblin @ 8:30 am

Stay Tuned! More to come…