March 6, 2013
QUEEN’S PARK – As property tax reassessments threaten municipal budgets across Ontario, Welland MPP Cindy Forster rose in the legislature today to speak out on behalf of the Niagara area.
“Last week Niagara Falls and the surrounding region were ordered to repay the Niagara area casinos $16 million after an MPAC reassessment of the casinos,” explained Forster. “In addition, local governments will lose an additional $6 million in future tax revenue from the casinos.”
MPAC reassessments are leaving massive bills for some communities, many of which are struggling to balance the books. NDP MPPs have raised similar cases from across the province.
Forster urged Finance Minister Sousa to take action.
“Will this government order an immediate review of the Niagara casino reassessment decision which threatens to devastate another Ontario community?” asked Forster.
Forster shared her time in question period with Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell, who highlighted the similar situation facing Dryden. The northern city has been told to repay lumber giant Domtar $5.4 million in property tax.