MLA, PC leader says assessment cap not being enforced
Jamie Baillie is calling on the province to enforce its property assessment cap.
MLA, PC leader says assessment cap not being enforced and he's calling on government to make sure that it is.
SPRINGHILL – Cumberland South MLA and PC leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the province to step in to stop the punishment of land owners by the corporation responsible for property assessments.
“Only in Nova Scotia have we combined death and taxes in that a graveyard has its taxable assessment skyrocket because it has a water view,” Baillie said. “As funny as that may sound, it’s reality for a lot of property owners in this province who have seen their property assessments skyrocket for no real reason.”
Baillie, who met with a group of concerned residents in the Parrsboro area a couple of weeks ago, said the assessment cap was established by a previous PC government to protect people from sudden increases in their property assessments.
He said the new Liberal government needs to step in and make sure the assessment cap is being enforced, while closing any loopholes that may be used to get around the cap.
“It’s an outright tax grab, but it’s the way it’s being done is that’s so frustrating with this,” Baillie said. “Common sense says there’s no way property values can go up 30 to 40 per cent in one year, but that’s what’s happening. A lot of these people are on fixed incomes and can’t afford this sudden jump in their property taxes.”
The PC leader thinks the Property Valuation Services Corp. has found a way around the assessment cap and is sticking it to property owners by saying they have an ocean view.