The City of Flin Flon has applied for a four year extension to the special services levy they brought in last year. The levy will cover police and fire services for 2015 to 18 inclusive removing them from the general tax rolls so all property owners equally share the cost. The proposed levy would be 598 dollars this year rising by up to three percent a year for the next three years.
At a Municipal Board hearing last night issues raised included the fact the city has a declining population paying for services, for upgrading aging infrastructure and for provincially mandated sewer and water treatment plants. Those attending spoke on the need to attract more property owners, especially young families to the community to help share the costs, the negative effect on low income and multiple property owners, how to get outside residents to share the costs of services they use, making good use of our tax dollars, the need for all taxpayers to pay their share in maintaining what we have and the need for the province to approve a base tax for municipalities.
The Board can approve, reject or change the city’s proposal.