The popular Shediac, New Brunswick, campground Camping Beausejour got a rare 33% cut on its property tax rate this year but owner Marie-Paul Martin has not been celebrating.
As reported by CBC News, that’s because the province gave her business a 70% increase in its assessed value at the same time, pushing Martin’s tax bill up, not down.
“I find that they are delirious,” Martin said of Service New Brunswick, which granted the tax cut and then imposed the assessment increase. “They sit somewhere in a little office with absolutely no knowledge of what running a campground comprises and what it costs and they come up with a number like that.”
Factoring in the assessment increase and rate decrease, Martin’s property taxes are up more than $4,700 (15%) over last year. She has already filed an appeal and she has plenty of company.
Campground owners provincewide had reason to be optimistic this year when last spring Service New Brunswick decided campgrounds qualified for cheaper residential property tax rates on much of their operations after charging them much higher non-residential rates for years.
The change promised to cut property taxes for campgrounds by about one-third come this year. But Service New Brunswick also undertook a reassessment of the value of campground properties at the same time and for many owners that has obliterated savings from the tax cut and then some.
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