Property tax assessments go up two per cent

Dave Stewart
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Finance minister says his department working on making bills available online

Taxing Times

Islanders will notice when they check the mail this week that their property tax assessment has gone up two per cent.

Finance Minister Wes Sheridan says the two per cent hike reflects the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has also risen.

Sheridan said seven years ago when the Robert Ghiz government took office they decided to put a three-year freeze in place to "make sure that we've got to the very science of how we could adjust the property tax each and every year''.

The finance minister said for those three years plus one more there was no growth in the cost of living index.

"We studied this issue and the tax department came back with a very good fix. It is now linked to CPI that reflects very much the growth and the value of your home,'' Sheridan said during question period in the legislature.

People can now pay their property tax bills online in three supplements between now and the end of November.

There is also the possibility in the near future that those property tax bills will be delivered to Island residents online, saving the province thousands of dollars in postage stamps.

The government's website will be undergoing a web renewal over the next 18 months, updating a number of platforms.

"One of the first projects I would expect, due to the savings that could be accumulated by having our property taxes delivered online, is to put our eFix out there for property taxes. I know the tax department has been working on this, building an account very much like the banking institutions do that would allow us to do something like this.''

Sheridan didn't give a time frame but said he expects his department would be among the first to put them online.

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  • voter
    May 12, 2014 - 16:09

    people like sheridan who do party dirty work publicly are given a life long gang membership with a paid position - example --any politicians that did liberal dirty work a few decades ago stil around in the senate ,the judiciary etc etc - WONDER WHAT WES WAS PROMISED ????? used to be we only had to worry about WES the cat

  • concerned
    May 12, 2014 - 07:03

    taxes going up, but market values are decreasing... (although my tax assessment says my market value increased, the real estate agents/market are saying the opposite). Gas is going up, food is going up, cost of everything is going up. Had to give up cell phones and cable TV as they priced themselves out of my budget... however, my salary remains fixed. I guess I'm just lucky to have a job right now. But if this keeps up, I will lose my home. I soon wont be able to afford it.

  • reality
    May 12, 2014 - 06:45

    RENTS will increase 3%

  • I Don't Get It
    May 11, 2014 - 19:22

    How is it that the Consumer Price Index is an good excuse for raising taxes but it's not a good enough reason to raise minimum wage, social assistance or the basic tax exemption? Oh yea, this is Ghiz and Sheridan at their finest, reaching into the pockets of islanders.

  • brian
    May 11, 2014 - 18:29

    Not stupid. With the chance real estate prices may go nowhere with many leaving the island why not just base it on something that is going to rise? The CPI. What about our personal exception known as bracket creep a sneaky way to get money from the poor. Raising taxes every year along with inflation on everything means our dollar is becoming worth less every year. People need to wake up life is going to get harder if these two parties continue to be accountable to no one. TAXES AND INFLATION ARE DESTROYING OUR LIFE.

  • sammy
    May 11, 2014 - 17:38

    If Olive Crane were to start her own party I for one wold vote for it. the three existing parties are just the same story over and over again. When she started to rock the ole boys boat they got ride of her so they could keep doing what they have always done... lined all their friends pocket along with their own.

    • don
      May 11, 2014 - 22:22

      you are correct 110%. olive should start her own party. i am sure the over 50% of he members of the pc party will leave the ole boys were lose the big pay and etc. come on olive please help islanders.

    • voter
      May 12, 2014 - 05:42

      politicians are not the answer!!!! ----- - they are the problem !!!---- olive had her chance - she couldn't contol her gang- -------- if she wants to start a party ------ -she could call it "the victoria park late night gang" doesn't matter what "GANG" they belong to - -just another part of the gang problem--- liberal GANG, conservative GANG ,new democrat GANG ,independent GANG

    • I Agree
      May 12, 2014 - 06:45

      Sammy I agree with you 100% . Olive is as I see it now on PEI the only chance we have for a honest government . To voter , yes you are right she couldn't control the back room boys and they cut her throat . I seen this a number of years back in the Liberal party when Bonnell done the same thing to Clements behind his back . Gilbert just didn't believe in stealing & called things as they were . Olive knows the stabbers now & a new party without them would be very attractive to a lot of good Islanders that are tired of being stole from . Let's get behind her & maybe she will step forward & turn this Island around for our younger generation .

  • Doug
    May 11, 2014 - 16:29

    So if we are going to get our bills on line and pay on line a few pen pushers must be getting worried.

  • Jimbo Johnson
    May 11, 2014 - 15:37

    Very conveniently announced tax hike on a Saturday during hockey play-offs. I thought government staff only worked weekdays; this is about as low as they can go. More taxes to make up for the cash that has been blown the past few years. PEI should look at what some cities in the states have done and go bankrupt, start with clean slate and legislate a no deficit policy. If we keep trending with higher taxes, higher cost of living, and flatline wages, more citizens will leave for the west, reducing the tax base and making it more miserable for those who choose to stay and make a go of it. The entire Island will be a one big seniors complex in 20 years, the youth have nothing to look forward to other tan a plane ticket to Calgary.

  • Dave Anger
    May 11, 2014 - 10:53

    the property taxes are indexed but the personal deductions for income tax have not increased in 5 years. WTF

  • Liberal douchebag
    May 11, 2014 - 10:44

    Wes Sheridan should hide his face for all the screw up since he got in,there should not be any increase whatever and the way they threw money to wasteful decisions and it's still going on day after day this island is only months. Or maybe gays from being bankrupt,it's time for Ghiz to fire all the dead wood laying around our government offices collecting a pay check,that might save our run into the ground island some tax dollars, my my,shaking my head.

  • Preston
    May 11, 2014 - 09:17

    Taxes go up but wages don't. Always the way.

  • Targetman
    May 11, 2014 - 09:09

    John W.A. Curtis - 3 1/2 times the staff? As compared to what? We are one of the few jurisdictions in Canada that have an Electronic Health records management system, this doesn't look after itself. Although I don't agree with your number I do believe Gov it very top heavy. You still need the worker bee's to keep the lights on. Curtis, the Gov website has been hacked? Really? Can you show the proof of this? I would bet your home PC has more crap and spyware on it that perhaps you should be more worried about. Having said all this the Island is becoming a place people won't want to live. Everything is getting so expensive here that the old 'well housing is cheaper' excuse is beginning to wear out. All I see out of this is a clearer reason to move West.

  • therod
    May 11, 2014 - 09:09

    Your assessments are not the problem, its the extremely high tax rates. If the tax base is growing we need to petition the municipalities to consider a freeze or decrease in the tax rates themselves.

    • Tax Irate
      May 11, 2014 - 17:26

      Have no idea why your commenting now "therod"...I mentioned this 2 months ago and you said I was over reacting! So why comment now!

  • sandy MacKay
    May 11, 2014 - 08:55

    So the logic is that inflation drives your house price up - not sure that is palatable as this year our inflation is increased as the result of the HST - and if this process makes sense - increase tide to inflation - which it might - why did the Government change the formula for retirees which used to be tied to inflation - something just does not jive - fairness would be to link everything to inflation as the Government can either increase inflation or decrease inflation

  • Payer
    May 11, 2014 - 08:50

    "People can now pay their property tax bills online in three supplements between now and November" We can? ah there is the ticket that makes all this so much better eh Wes? Besides we have been able to do that for years, it is not anything new.

  • Like The Air We Breath
    May 11, 2014 - 08:35

    Rant, vent, vent, vent, rant, rage, vent, pound fists, yell, complain, shake heads, roll eyes, and then vote the "rich to richer" Liberal / Conservative again. How can something that feels so familiar, feel so wrong?

    • JL
      May 11, 2014 - 15:04

      Exactly. Very little we can do when the 2-headed political machine in PEI is only interested in serving itself & the blue blood wannabes that prop it up. Want to shake the whole thing up? Take away their province status. Make PEI a single regional municipality in a larger province of the Maritimes and you'll see improved provincial level services and less taxes with much fewer irritating numbskull politicians polluting our landscape & society in general.

  • We Need
    May 11, 2014 - 08:27

    We really need a NEW PARTY to be started in this province . The three we now have are so closely linked that there isn't any difference in them other than which friends get to the trough . Come on someone who cares , start the movement and get this province back from the crooks . I'm over seventy and lived here my whole life & would really like to see my province get back on even keel with a goverment doing what it is suppose to do . Education - policing - health care - highways & helping the ones needing it . Not the ones abusing the system . Business that can't survive on it's own shouldn't be running , government shouldn't be in the banking business , we have banks for this & if your credit is that bad , you don't deserve the grant or loan . We need a party that puts the hard working people first & foremost & doesn't tax them into non existence like this gov. is doing . COME ON people , start standing up & take our province back so our next generations can afford to stay on this lovely Island .

  • History will repeat itself!
    May 11, 2014 - 07:59

    Despite all of these comments against the very,very inept and arrogant Ghiz government with his misleading incompetent finance minister; Islanders no doubt, will re-elect them again in 2016!!!

  • Karen
    May 11, 2014 - 07:56

    Things are adding up. What did it take for a non residence to buy 150 acres for an apple orchard with double taxes that's gonna be a lot of apples and a 2 percent increase in assessment is higher than the annual CPI. What gives with this province.

  • Billy
    May 11, 2014 - 07:17

    Just call them Lieberals with their hands in your pockets. Litho ugh there is no opposition, don't vote for them in the next election.

  • Big Joe
    May 10, 2014 - 21:17

    This is just another example of how this government is taxing Islanders to death for all the handouts they've given their political friends. Scandalous!

  • Craig
    May 10, 2014 - 18:36

    With the government website being hacked several times over the last couple years I for one will be wanting them mailed if the government wants payment!

  • WOW
    May 10, 2014 - 17:32

    What another two % on top of the other 200+ fee raises this Ghiz gov . has laid onto us . These guy's never stop , one % property transfer tax if buying or selling . Cripes beside being forced from your home because of costs , you now will not even be able to sell it . How can any Islander other than government leaches stand to call themselves LIBERAL . And all this so Ghiz & Roach can give our money to the likes of APPLE ORCHARDS . God help us because we sure as He** don't have any brains of our own on this Island . Ashamed to be a Islander & don't tell me to leave as I've been a islander longer than Wes or Robert has been born .

  • Dantheman
    May 10, 2014 - 16:26

    You would think that the government of this province would hold off on this after the winter we just had. #theydontcare

  • Mike C
    May 10, 2014 - 15:41

    Just how deep does this liberal party think us Islander's pockets are? We are being forced to pay for their disastrous decisions!

  • John W.A. Curtis
    May 10, 2014 - 13:38

    Sheridan has indexed personal provincial income taxes. Sheridan also hasn't reduced the public civil service, P.E.I. has 3 1/2 times the civil service needed to administer health care. People are overtaxed to pay for a health care system that has delays in addictions and mental health services