Island school taxes up 2.5%

School tax bills are being mailed to Montreal home owners next week and they're up from last year.

The Island School Council says the 2.5 % increase this year can be attributed to indexation and an increase in the number of children enrolled at the elementary level.

The increase will generate an additional $12 million for the five school boards on the Island of Montreal bringing their collective budget to $460 million.

Tax bills of less then $300 will have to be paid by July 31st.

Tax bills of more then $300 can be paid in two equal instalments with the second instalment  due in October 29th.

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  1. Mike posted on 06/26/2014 10:09 AM
    I understand the need for school taxes but has a new property owner I don't see why I have to pay if I have NO KIDS. Might as well rent and not pay, the system makes little sense.
  2. Chris Eustace posted on 06/27/2014 06:23 AM
    June 27, 2014

    School taxes are forever rising ; this brings to mind two points:

    1. A few weeks ago Quebec Treasury Board President Martin Couteux, an economist, criticised school boards for their " lavish spending" on conferences at posh hotels. Boards were told to be frugal with our school tax dollars.

    2. In 2017, school board and municipal elections will be held at the same time . One reason for that move is to save money.

    Why not combine our school taxes and municipal taxes on one bill, since both are based on property values ? This could very well save money as there would not be a duplication of services.

    Chris Eustace
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