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Coalition wants education off property taxes

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This article was published 29/8/2011 (2179 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Fed up with most of your property taxes paying for schools?

A coalition of real estate agents, farmers and cottagers wants you to make it an election issue by needling candidates, putting up a lawn sign or sending a letter to Premier Greg Selinger.

Lorne Weiss, Manitoba Real Estate Association President and chair of the Manitoba Education Financing Coalition, is asking all Manitoba politicians to get the education tax off of the property tax bill.

WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Lorne Weiss, Manitoba Real Estate Association President and chair of the Manitoba Education Financing Coalition, is asking all Manitoba politicians to get the education tax off of the property tax bill.

The coalition is asking for all parties to agree to fund 80 per cent of education from general revenues or even Manitoba Hydro profits.

In a debate last week, all three parties agreed in principle to the coalition's demand. And a leaked copy of the Progressive Conservative platform pledged a $700 education tax rebate for cottage owners.

Manitoba Real Estate Association President Lorne Weiss said it's time to do away with the complex set of rebates and credits and simply phase out the practice of paying for schools through property taxes. Education is a core service, like health, and should be paid for from general revenue.

Weiss said he would not be opposed to a small income tax increase if it meant education taxes were removed from property.

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