School boards to refund taxes
Tuesday at 4:30 the PQ government will meet with the heads of school boards in Quebec City.
Reports say Premier Marois will force school boards to refund 100 million dollars, that’s half the funds they received from increased school taxes this year.
The two had met on September 16 when the government asked the school boards to crunch numbers and find solutions to reduce taxes.
Decisions were to be made at Tuesday’s follow up meeting but reports say the PQ already made up its mind.
“Mrs. Marois seems to have decided that she’s going to launch an election campaign on the backs of Quebec’s public school students.” David D'Aoust, President of the Quebec English School Boards Association, told CJAD.
“The Premier invented this crisis and now she’s promising to fix it by cutting a check to taxpayers with funds destined for our classrooms.”
The school boards had increased taxes, in some cases by up to 30%, after the government made close to 250 million dollars in cuts to public education.
The refunds are expected to come as a credit on school taxes, for the next two years, to school boards off the Island of Montreal.
D’Aoust added that programs would have to be cut to make up for the money that the school boards will have to give back.
Reports also said that the PQ government would be creating a committee to look at abolishing school boards.
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