Premier, school boards to meet this morning to talk tax hikes
A meeting Monday morning between Premier Marois and representatives from the province's school boards is promising to be a contentious one.
Reports are suggesting the government is getting ready to force school boards to refund school tax increases.
A showdown has been in the works since February, when the government announced it would be cutting $65 million in subsidies to school boards, in addition to a $150 million cut from public education in the November budget, which left school boards with little choicebut to increase school taxes substantially. In some cases, the increase amounted to 30 per cent.
Those tax increases went into effect this summer. Far more modest increases went into effect for Montreal taxpayers, whose school boards never recieved the subsidies.
But the premier has let it be known on several occasions last week, that she thought the tax increases for some boards went too far.
The head of the Quebec English School Boards Association, David D'Aoust, says he wonders whether this government sees education as a priority.
"We have one of the best school systems in this world," D'Aoust says. " But [the government has] never made education a priority in our eyes. It's just not apparent that they care that much."
Education minister Marie Malavoy will also be present at the meeting.