Property Taxes in Northern Communities on the Rise

Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 12:50



The education portion of property taxes paid by residents in most northern municipalities is going up.


The Northern Lights School Division has increased its mill rate for communities with schools in its area.


Board of Education chair Tina Rasmussen says the rate will rise from 17.4 mills to 17.6 mills in an effort to both keep up with inflation and counter a drop in grant money by the provincial government.


Rasmussen says the hike will see the division’s 21 schools receiving 60-thousand dollars more in funding this year.


However, she feels the bump in taxes will be a modest one for most landowners.


She adds most of the additional 18 million dollars the government provided this year was eaten up by wage increases for school division staff members.