The Town of Ste. Anne has proposed a special service bylaw that if approved could see properties normally except from paying for services to pay their fair share.
According to council, proposed By-law 17-2012 would see properties such as community schools and the hospital start paying for services provided by the town. These services include police and fire, road repairs, and drainage.
Nicole Champagne, Town of Ste. Anne administrator says that currently the exempt properties pay 6 mills towards part of these services while other property pay 6 mills plus the remaining cost balance of these services through the general municipal at large rate.
“The exempt properties do not pay taxes under the general municipal at large mill rate,” explained Champagne. “The costs exist regardless; more properties will therefore help pay for these services.”
By establishing a special service bylaw, the Town of Ste. Anne will be able to share service costs with all properties, including the exempt ones and the only way to do this is by a Special Services By-Law. More properties will therefore help pay for these services.