Reduction of the school tax: a promise “unfair”

Baisse de la taxe scolaire: une promesse «injuste»

The lower school tax promised by the government Legault is unfair and will do nothing to the student services department, have complained in chorus with the opposition parties, and several actors of the network, on Tuesday.

The study of the bill 3 aimed to reduce and standardize the school tax across the province of Quebec began in the national Assembly.

In a concern for “tax fairness interregional”, the government’s goal, by the end of the mandate, is to provide all property owners the tax rate of a school with the lowest force, is that applied in the Laurentides region: $ 0.10 per $ 100 of property assessment.

This would, for the government, a shortfall of approximately $900 million.

On Tuesday, the liberal mp Marwah Rizqy, the member pq’s Véronique Hivon and the solidarity Vincent Marissal noted with concern the impact that could have on the quality of the services provided by the education network.

“Ultimately, if it is actually close to $ 900 million that will be removed from the network of education, I want to make sure that they will be re-injected, ( … ), I want guarantees,” said Ms. Ryzqy. The needs are overwhelming and urgent.”

“We demand that the government use its surplus and to compensate the school boards,” she said to Mr. Marissal.

The opposition also speak of the inequities between taxpayers : a home in Westmount will receive the same rate as another in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, in Montreal.

Moreover, it is the taxpayers, so also the tenants, who will have to compensate for the tax cut by assuming collectively better funding of schools.

“Forty percent of tenants in Quebec do not receive, them, of this tax cut, pointed out Ms. Hivon. We know very well that the commercial owners have the same drop as the citizens who are owners.

“What is it that the tax reform, which is the more just in this moment?” she questioned.

Initiative “rushed”

Invited to comment, the Commission scolaire de Montréal has qualified the initiative of the “precipitated”. Its president, Catherine Harel Bourdon, pointed out that in addition to being unfair and put at risk services to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, bill 3 hits against the principle of the autonomy of school boards.

According to Harel Bourdon, what are the elected school board must impose the school tax, because they are more aware of the needs of communities and who are best qualified to respond.

The Association québécoise du personnel de direction of schools is worried that a drop in funding leads to cuts to management positions.

“This possibility seems to us to be paradoxical in a context where the government is committed to grant a role increasingly important to directorates in placing schools at the heart of the education system,” said its president, Carl Ouellet.

For its part, the Association of professional construction and housing of Quebec is of the opinion that the bill 3 is a measure to help young people gain access to the property.

She supports the bill caquiste, “considering the importance of reducing the tax burden of Quebecers, especially families”.

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