Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
UMNB PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON PREMIER'S/MINISTERS REMARKS CONCERNING PROPERTY TAX
The President of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick, Mayor David Hanson of Rexton, has taken issue with the remarks of Premier Shawn Graham and some of his Ministers that municipalities are to blame for high property taxes this year.
The comment from the Premier that only five municipalities followed the province's recommendations with respect to rates leaves a false impression with residents/voters that municipalities are totally to blame for high property taxes.
"Tax rates are set by the municipality based on assessments which is a provincial function and it is the assessments that are the problem", states President Hanson. "If the problem is to be fixed it is essential that all parties sit down with each other and work towards a solution which is workable and which meets everyone's needs. That was not the case last year when the province unilaterally decided to establish the Provincial Tax Accountability mechanism without any consultation."
"It is easy to cast blame," added President Hanson, "but that does not solve the issue. As president of UMNB I believe it is imperative to sit down together to come up with a solution which is workable and the sooner the better."
It is UMNB's position that the federal and provincial governments continue to download responsibilities to municipalities but do not provide any additional funding.
For example, additional insurance for firefighters became mandatory this year at a considerable cost but no funds were provided.
Only eight cents out of every tax dollar collected by the provincial government comes back to the municipal level of government.
Service New Brunswick's Assessment office performs the assessment of all New Brunswick properties thus I recommend the following: For further clarification or questions, contact the Service New Brunswick Assessment office at 453-2831, specifically Dave Morrison, Assessment Office Manager or 1-888-762-8600. You may also submit a request for review i.e. make an appeal of your property value outlining any concerns and comparison to other homes in your neighbourhood . This must be filed within 30 days of the mailing date of the Assessment and Tax Notice i.e. by March 31st. I'm confident the Assessment Office will be able to answer any questions and the appeal process may be an avenue to consider pursuing.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I guess there really isn't too much that can be put into words about Sunday's Team Canada Olympic gold medal hockey victory over the United States.
That was one of the craziest roller coaster rides of a game that we had ever seen in our lives. Games like that certainly don't come along very often but when they do it's a classic in the making.
I have even heard today that Sunday's game rivals the 1972 Canadian victory over Russia.
Not quite. Close mind you but not quite.
Nothing will ever match that series as long as I live.
However, having the United States tie up the game with only 24 seconds left in the game was insanity.
I can imagine the feelings in the pit of every Canadian's stomach to see our dream game so close to being won and shattered by Parise's goal.
I know we felt it in our house.
There are many who really don't like games to get that close, and I am one of them.
At that point it can go either way and heavens knows we've been on the wrong side of that equation too many times.
But, our maritime Canadian boy Sidney Crosby took care of business and wrapped it up handily.
Pretty darn proud to be Canadians aren't we?
(Except for the closing ceremonies to the games. Those were a tad embarassing.)
First off do not make the artists lip synch! It's not a good decision, trust me.
Secondly, include Canadian legends such as RUSH, Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Stomping Tom and Gordon Lightfoot and everyone goes away happy.
Oh I almost forgot! I found out last Friday that I still employed by the Province of New Brunswick for another 3 years. Yay for me!
Tim Scammell, PTech