There are now 64 RMs refusing to turn over the education portion of the property tax they've been collecting. The Prince Albert-area RM of Shellbrook was among the latest to join.
People in the RMs say agricultural land is taxed at an unfairly high rate. Some of the areas have been hard hit by poor crop conditions and a generally tough farm economy in recent years.
Glenn Blakley, a councillor for the RM of Spy Hill and the spokesperson for the Tax Action Group, says he hopes more of the province's 296 RMs will join the protest.
We're surveying our Saskatchewan supporters on school taxes and I just got the first few responses on my desk this morning. One respondent says his total school tax levy is $3,405 per year on six quarter-sections of land. Their municipal tax bill is $1,711 per year, to bring the the total to $5,116.
For those not familiar with farms, six quarter-sections is not a big farm. It's probably the average size for family farmers. For urban families on an average home you are looking at a $900 bill, depending on the house and where you are. Tell me how this is fair.
Imagine losing money for three years in a row and getting hit with a $5,000 tax bill.
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