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By Rob Newman, Director, Property Tax | May 1, 2021

The short story

  • The Provincial Government has recently released a Green Paper Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities involving sweeping reforms
  • Altus Group and other various public interest group have been raising awareness and pushing for tax reform in New Brunswick (N.B.)
  • All residents and stakeholders from across the province are invited to provide feedback
  • Feedback can be emailed to VibrantNBDynamique@gnb.ca or mailed to Department of Environment and Local Government, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5H1, attention Local Governance Reform Team

Altus Group has been working with various public interest groups and associations to raise awareness and push for property tax reform in New Brunswick and encourages individuals to submit feedback about the proposed tax reform before May 31, 2021.

The Provincial Government recently released a Green Paper Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities involving sweeping reform across several fronts, including property taxation.

To finance the local governance system being proposed, five opportunities were identified:

  1. Lower the provincial property taxes on non-owner occupied residential and non-residential properties
  2. Transfer tax room from provincial to local governments
  3. Local flexibility on rates and classifications
  4. Ensure all property types in LSDs contribute to the costs of local road through property taxation
  5. Improve the use of technology and information sharing to make the system simpler and clearer

Want to learn more?

You can read more about the five opportunities on pages 27 & 28 of Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities

Our position on Property Tax Reform

Earlier in the year, we discussed three areas that we would recommend the N.B. Government address, including:

  1. Remedy N.B.’s Lack of Uniformity (Equity) Provisioning in the Assessment Act
  2. Remedy N.B.’s Lack of Public Transparency on Assessment Data
  3. Remedy N.B’.s Lack of Recourse to Challenge Classification Issues

You can read more about these recommendations in Real Reform on Real Property Assessment in New Brunswick.

We will be hosting a live Q&A

We will be holding a virtual Q&A information session on these recommendations and next steps on May 18, 2021.

Sign up now

What can you do now?

N.B.’s assessment system and legislation are long overdue for reform and this latest document amplifies the need for taxpayers to be vocal and express your concerns.

We encourage all stakeholders to take advantage of this rare opportunity to share your feedback with the province.

Submissions are due no later than May 31, 2021. Your feedback can be emailed to VibrantNBDynamique@gnb.ca or mailed to Department of Environment and Local Government, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5H1, attention Local Governance Reform Team.

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