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Provincial government to help municipalities affected by tax assessment freeze

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WATCH: New Brunswick has promised to provide financial assistance to municipalities that face a decrees in revenue due to the freeze on property tax assessments. Adrienne South breaks it down for us – Sep 19, 2017

New Brunswick’s minister of local government says the province will provide financial assistance to any municipalities that face a decrease in revenues caused by the province’s decision to freeze property tax assessments.

Serge Rousselle says his department will work with each local government on a case-by-case basis.

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Rousselle met with municipal associations on Monday to discuss their concerns about the freeze and the new property assessment agency to be created this fall.

The province’s Liberal government announced the freeze in June, hoping to contain a festering scandal involving what the premier said were thousands of errors that started in 2011.

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A whistleblower alleged in March that more than 2,000 property owners were given improper and inflated tax bills – some double the amount from the previous year.

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Auditor general Kim MacPherson is reviewing the system and is expected to release a report later this year.

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