The Following are two excerpts from the Minutes of the Montreal Island School Tax Committee
They are from the Public Question Periods of April 2013 and May 2014.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SCHOOL TAX
ISLAND OF MONTREAL
14. PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD April 11, 2013
Chris Eustace Pierrefonds expresses its concerns with
Concerning tax increases and taxes, particularly
repeated increases in school taxes.
He asked the President if the school tax will increase next year.
The President said that he could not give a precise answer to the
time since the fiscal rules and financial parameters
MELS, which set the baseline for establishing the school tax, no
are still unknown.
The president added that there will be no increase due to the abolition of the
subsidy reduction accounts since the school tax
management committee of the school tax on the island of Montreal has never
benefited from it.
Mr. Eustace suggests that the school tax is coupled with taxes
President lists the benefits for disadvantaged backgrounds a
tax and a perception of the school tax by the Committee
3. PUBLIC QUESTION PERIOD May 8, 2014
Chris Eustace asks four questions to the President of
He inquired about the increase in the tax rate for the year from 2014
2015 The president says he plans a rate around 2.5%. Mr.
Chris Eustace asks why school boards must
ask the Management Committee to pay them the maximum yield of
school tax in May of each year. President
replies that it is a provision of the Act on Public Education.
Mr. Chris Eustace refers to the minutes of the Board of
Commissioners of the Lester B. Pearson May
2013 on expenditure of Commissioners for congress
outside the country. The Chairman stated that the comment is
out of order considering the autonomy of school boards.
Mr. Chris Eustace indicates that the current president of the
Lester B. Pearson attended a meeting
a subcommittee of the Management Committee in August 2013 It seeks to
see the minutes of that meeting. The Chairman indicated that there
no account for these meetings and the result of
discussions that were held becomes resolutions
presented to the Management Committee.
Mr. Chris Eustace refers to an extract from website of the Ministry
Education, Recreation and Sports on the school tax
He asked if the information displayed is always
relevant. The Chair noted that the section on cuts
of equalization grants to school boards
not touch the Management Committee since the latter did not
benefited in the past decade. He added that it is true that
school taxes represent 20% of commission income