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Case studies in "tax reform" 

How some home owners and apartment dwellers around Halifax Regional Municipality will be effected, including which city councillor is the biggest winner and loser under the proposed tax changes

Case study: Neighbouring suburban communitiesKingswood Upper Hammonds Plains
Market value of average house $542,020 $107,380
Current city and provincial tax $5,908 $876
City and provincial tax under “reform” $3,311 $1,532
City’s share of current taxes$3,813 $560
City taxes under “tax reform”$1,216 $1,216
Change in city tax$2,597 lower (-68%)increases $656 (+117%)
Note: The “average house” is an amalgamation of 10 houses. Methodology here.  

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Tax Reform: 4 case studies

By Tim Bousquet

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Case study: An extremely regressive tax system by designDavid & Margaret Fountain, Young AvenueBill & Helen Zebedee, Clement Street
Market value of house:$4,040,300 $149,700
Capped assessment: $3,379,900 $145,500
Present tax system  
City tax bill:$28,695 $1,235
Tax per $100 of capped assessment:84.9 cents84.9 cents
Tax per $100 of market value:71 cents82.5 cents
Under “reform” proposal  
Services charged: all urbanall urban
Tax bill:$1,316 $1,316
Tax per $100 of market value:0.03 cents87.9 cents
Note: Tax figures reflect only the city’s portion of property tax bills, and do not include the provincial and supplemental educations charges, which remain the same under both scenarios. 

Case study: How “reform” taxes apartments 
Halifax Peninsula**Dartmouth**
Quinpool TowerMarine View Terrace
- $96 / unit+ $221 / unit
Fenwick TowerWestgate Apartments
+ $55 / unit+ $140 / unit
SouthPoint Apartments96 Highfield Park Drive
- $10 /unit+ $198 / unit
Ogilvie Apartments4 Franklyn Court
+ $26 / unit+ $258 / unit
**Based on 2007 figures.

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