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Richmond Council Explores Low Income Tax Exemption Policy

Richmond Municipal Councillors have expressed support for creating a Low Income Tax Exemption Policy.

During the committee-of-the-whole meeting last night in Arichat, interim Chief Administrative Officer Don Marchand provided council with a list of the numbers of people eligible for the tax exemption by municipality, including the three municipalities in the province without such an exemption, including Richmond County.

The interim CAO suggested getting more information, including estimates on what the policy will cost.

District 1 councillor James Goyetche said the municipality needs to establish a low income threshold and he suggested investigating the policies and thresholds of other municipalities. He also wanted to know how this exemption would impact seniors since they’re already getting a provincial exemption.

District 2 councillor Alvin Martell said he raised the issue and asked that the policy proposal be circulated to all councillors because of the numbers of seniors struggling to maintain their own homes.

Martell then made a motion asking staff to investigate the policy, which was approved.