Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Lawrence Joseph is not happy with the CTF position on urban reserves. In fact, he took some time yesterday at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association annual convention to let delegates know exactly how he felt.
The chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is accusing the Canadian Taxpayers Federation of "spreading lies" about First Nations development and taxation.
Speaking to mayors and councillors at the annual meeting of the SaskatchewanUrban Municipalities Association in Saskatoon on Monday, FSIN chief Lawrence Joseph said recent statements by the taxpayer lobby group about urban reserves are "garbage."
And what are the "lies" the CTF is spreading?
In an article titled Let's Talk Taxes dated Jan. 30, the taxpayers group criticized Piapot First Nation's interest in having an urban reserve in the heart of Regina. The group said it would be unfair competition for other businesses in Regina if the reserve had a gas bar and grocery store operating tax free.
Joseph said the taxpayers federation's stance that urban reserves will undermine municipal tax bases is simply not true.
Did I really say that "urban reserves will undermine municipal tax bases"? Well, let's take a look and see:
As for local services, the city must negotiate a “service agreement” in which the band agrees to pay the municipality an amount equivalent to what they would have paid in property taxes without “reserve” status.
I explicitly said that service agreements can ensure an amount equivalent to property taxes are paid. Although, in the case of the proposed Regina urban reserves, the local school board won't receive it's share of the taxes.
The problem is not the property tax, but all other taxes like provincial and federal corporate taxes, income taxes for employees that live on reserve, as well as the tobacco and fuel taxes that aren't collected.
If Lawrence Joseph is going to call us liars, he better do his homework.