In Estrie, it is the taxpayers of the Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons and Eastern Townships who will benefit most from the reform of the school tax proposed this week by the Couillard government.
If Bill 166 is adopted as it stands in the next parliamentary session, they will benefit from a 50 per cent reduction in their school tax bill in 2018-19, a savings of $ 305. for a house valued at $ 200,000.
At the Commission scolaire de la Region-de-Sherbrooke, the decline should rather be around $ 265 for the same property value of $ 200,000, while at the School Board of Summits, we are talking about a saving of about 45 $.
This is what the Tribune was able to calculate in light of the available information, since school boards have not yet calculated or obtained more official data so far.
“It’s not a race at the lowest rate in Quebec, it’s a race for equity. It’s been 25 years since the school taxation system has to be modernized, “puts CSHC President Yves Gilbert, who speaks on behalf of the presidents of the four Estrie school boards, in perspective.