The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is concerned about the potential for municipalities to have new taxing powers.
Marilyn Braun-Pollon is the VP of Prairie and Agri-Business for the CFIB.
She says if this move goes through, it could hurt the relationship the city has with the local business community.
“It’s really going to put them on a collision course with the local business community,” she said. “It’s already struggling in a slower economy.”
A recent poll indicated 79% percent of businesses do not support the idea of municipalities having increased taxation power.
Braun-Pollon says they have plenty of reason to be concerned and unsupportive of the idea.
“In the minds of business owners, they believe a lot of local politicians haven’t been able to use the property tax system fairly as it is,” she says. “So, there’s very little trust that they could reasonably administer any additional taxes.”
“We must remember while there’s three levels of government, there’s only one tax payer.”