POP: Reformation of the Rural Tax Assessment

POP: Yes
Res #: POP 13-02M
Number: 13
Year: 2002
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Government Relations

Point of Privilege Resolution No. 13-02M

WHEREAS, tax inequities continue to grow with the expansion of intensive agricultural enterprises which more resemble factories than farm enterprises; and

WHEREAS, the demise of wooden elevators has led to the concentration of their taxes where concrete elevators are now located; and

WHEREAS, business taxes have not been in effect since January 1, 2002;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that a reformation of the rural tax assessment system be undertaken, with a view of applying it more equitably across all property classes and keeping exemptions to a minimum.

Response From GRAA:

The province does not currently have any plan to implement reforms to the tax assessment system beyond those that the endorsed recommendations of the 1997 Reassessment Review Committee and the Tax Exemptions Review Committee called for.

The province does not currently have any plan to remove statutory property tax exemptions for intensive livestock operations, but is willing to review this question.