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5/27/2017 Media Release
B.C. Business Community Unites for Fair Property Taxes

Greater Victoria, May 27, 2017 – The B.C. business community unites for fair and equitable property taxes. The updated resolution, Closing the Gap Between Non-Residential and Residential Property Taxes, was endorsed by the BC Chamber and its member chambers and boards of trade on May 27 during its annual general meeting and conference, running May 25 to 27 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The resolution recommends the Province of B.C. provide control and oversight on the level of property taxation levied to all taxpayer groups to ensure fair, transparent, and sustainable taxation practices, and to commission a study by the Auditor General of Local Governments to assess municipal property taxation with the goal of developing a more sustainable structure related to value for money.

“I fear we have not seen the end of significant increases in property taxes and perhaps only the beginning of more increases to come given the massive costs of any number of issues confronting the region,” said Bev Highton, a realtor with nearly 50 years’ experience in Victoria. “It will take diligent and responsible municipal councils to keep these costs under control.”



Closing the Gap Between Non-Residential and Residential Property Taxes is just one of the nine policy resolutions that the Greater Victoria Chamber will present to the provincial business community at the BC Chamber Conference.

"Greater Victoria businesses benefit from having B.C.'s network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade unite on the provincial issues that affect us all," adds Catherine. “Over the three-day conference, we will vote on what we need of our next provincial government, from better mental health and addictions services to modernization of regional district legislation.”

The BC Chamber of Commerce's grassroots policy-building forum brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C. Over the three-day conference in Victoria, delegates will debate over 60 proposed policy resolutions.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Victoria, with over 1,400 member organizations. It was founded February 9, 1863, and is funded by businesses to support business. The Greater Victoria Chamber works to strengthen the region’s business community through advocacy, networking events, professional development and other programming to support its members. More info at www.victoriachamber.ca.

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