EDMONTON, AB (March 15, 2012): Premier Alison Redford’s promise not to raise taxes over the next three years has already been broken, Wildrose MLA Guy Boutilier said today. In Question Period, Boutilier questioned Redford’s tax promise after the City of Calgary reported a 7.2% increase in the education portion of property taxes the province collects.
This amounts to nearly $70 additional tax dollars for Calgary families and more taxes from municipalities like Fort McMurray, Boutilier said. The increase also runs counter to Page 100 of their Fiscal Plan, which states “In 2012, education property tax rates will be frozen at 2011 levels.” “Are you still going to stand up, look Albertans square in the eye and tell them you aren’t raising taxes on Alberta families, when it’s very clear that you are?” Boutilier asked. Boutilier also asked Redford to present a full tally of the education property increases for every Alberta municipality. Edmonton, Vermillion, Pincher Creek and Fort McMurray have also reported education property tax hikes this year. Last month, the Wildrose Caucus signed a no tax pledge, promising not to increase existing taxes, nor to introduce new sales taxes, health-related premiums or taxes of any other kind. The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.