Tax rate modernization survey available until November 8

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Your opinion matters.

Chatham-Kent’s residents are being encouraged to voice their opinions regarding the municipality’s modernization of municipal tax rates.

A survey available at letstalkchatham-kent.ca has been launched where residents can give input, including the 14 different area-rating charges that exist currently.

According to the survey, on May 27, 2019, council approved a recommendation to allocate $100,000 of the Provincial Efficiency Grant towards the Tax System Modernization project. The purpose of the Tax System Modernization project is to implement a new tax system and consolidate the existing 3000 municipal tax rates, creating efficiencies in the administration of property taxes.

“The project is revenue neutral, assuming total tax revenue generated will remain unchanged for the municipality,” read the release. “Area rating shifts the tax burden between properties with significant differences in service levels. None of the recommended changes will have an impact on service levels.”

The various rates are holdovers from pre-amalgamation; however, municipal officials now feel the format is outdated and does not currently align with how services are delivered.

“In addition to making tax calculations more efficient, streamlining the process will make it more transparent for property owners,” the release stated.

The 13-question survey is open until November 8.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News