At City Hall on Tuesday, the Committee of the Whole Meeting unanimously decided to consider leaving Fort St. John’s 2009 tax ratios the same as last year’s.
Independent review commissioner Dr. Stanley Hamilton had encouraged council to raise residential taxes, in order to take the burden off local businesses. But, council decided to ignore that advice, and keep tax rates the same.
Councilor Christensen was the first to motion the option… [asset|aid=1217|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2467239a9f500c1decf4e2ee419b914f-Christensen-1_1_Pub.mp3]
However, once the councilors voted for the option, there was some slight confusion regarding Option Two, which was the proposal to assimilate the Parcel Tax. This option would see the parcel tax incorporated into the regular tax rates, meaning it would be proportional to property values, rather than a flat fee.
Councilors Irwin and Ackerman wanted further clarification on the motion, and it was then discussed if it was possible to adopt a recommendation for Option Two as well.
But, Mayor Bruce Lantz eventually said Council should wait to discuss the options at the regular council meeting, which is now underway. [asset|aid=1218|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2467239a9f500c1decf4e2ee419b914f-LantzsAuthority_1_Pub.mp3]
And so, for more on what council decides today, tune in to Moose FM news on Wednesday, or keep an eye on energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.