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2014 What's New

PARCS RELEASES AGENDA FOR CONVENTION 2014

July 2, 2014

The Agenda for the October 17/18 PARCS Annual Convention promises to be an exciting one.  The keynote address will be delivered by a representative from the Alberta Lake Management Association.  The speaker at the President's Banquet will be the Weather Lady.  The convention will be held at the Willows Golf Course just south of Saskatoon.

PARCS APPLAUDS 2014 BUDGET

March 23, 2014

The PARCS Board of Directors applauds the government’s decision to forego increases to educational taxes.  As the consistent voice on behalf of residential property owners, PARCS will continue to lobby this government to enact long term measures to make education taxes fair for owners of residential property.  In particular, we feel that that ALL owners of residential property should be charged education property tax, including residences on farms and residences in provincial parks.    

PARCS DIRECTORS MEET WITH MINISTER REITER

March 15, 2014

On March 7 2014, executive memebers John Quinn and Garry Dixon, along with co-ordinator Lynne Saas, were finally able to meet with Minister Reiter.  They argued the case for a minimum tax on all residences (including those on farms and in provincial parks).  The meeting was courteous but we did not feel that we had a sympathetic audience.  Stay tuned for the budget announcements on March 19.

PREMIER CONSIDERING RAISING EDUCATION PROPERTY TAXES TO PAY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

February 16, 2014

The Star Phoenix reports that Premier Wall “isn’t ruling our dedicating a revenue stream – potentially education property taxes – to infrastructure projects.”

To read more, click on this link.

PARCS ASKS PROVINCE TO INVESTIGATE TAX DEFFERAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

January 14, 2014

PARCS has asked the province to investigate the possibility of implementing a program for the deferral of school taxes on property by seniors similar to those in other provinces.  To learn more about such programs, select the site and then Ctrl + Click to follow the links

  • The government of Alberta will pay residential property taxes on behalf of eligible seniors (age 65 or over with at 25% equity in their home). The loans are repaid, with interest, when the seniors sell the home, or sooner if they choose.(www.health.alberta.ca)
  • The province of British Columbia offers a similar property tax deferment plan for homeowners age 55 or over, surviving spouses or homeowners with a disability. (www2.gov.bc.ca)

Check out our newsletter, PARCS UPDATE #40 for more details. 

PARCS SENDS LETTER TO PREMIER WALL ABOUT 2014 SCHOOL TAXES

January 14, 2014

After an initial December 20th consultation meeting with the Ministry of Government Relations, the PARCS Board of Directors decided that the next step was to take their message directly to Premier Wall.

Realizing that student numbers in Saskatchewan schools had increased to 170,000 students in the fall of 2013 and therefore anticipating possible increases in 2014 school taxes, the PARCS Board felt it was time to “urge this government to collect school taxes from those property owners who have been paying less than their fair share before looking to those home owners who have already been contributing heavily to the school tax bill”.

Check out our newsletter PARCS UPDATE #40 for more details.