NS property assessment cap changes needed, says new UNSM head

Nova Scotia property assessment cap changes needed, says new UNSM head Claire Detheridge says cap has created inequality across the province CBC News Posted: Nov 16, 2015 6:30 AM AT Last Updated: Nov 16, 2015 6:30 AM AT The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities says the cap on property tax assessments has created inequality across the province. (Associated Press) Related Stories Municipal affairs minister won’t touch property tax cap Nova Scotia should lift property assessment cap: report ‘Unfair’ home assessments a growing concern The new president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities says the cap on property tax assessments has…

Province too keen on coal, environmentalist says

KEITH DOUCETTE THE CANADIAN PRESS  The Chronicle Herald – November 11, 2015 Edition A new 25-year government electricity plan lacks the ambition that has made Nova Scotia a national leader in moving from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy over the past seven years, says a Halifax-based environmental group. Catherine Abreu, energy coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre, said the plan released Monday fails to continue a trend that has seen the province set aggressive targets in order to transform its electricity system. Abreu said she believes concerns over electricity rates are largely responsible for what she says is…

NSP: No general rate hike

Utility expects its fuel costs will rise 1.5% or less from 2017-2019 SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY STAFF REPORTER sborden@herald.ca @CH_BordenColley The Chronicle Herald – November 11, 2015 Edition There will be no rate hike for non-fuel expenses next year, Bob Hanf, Nova Scotia Power Inc. president and CEO, announced Tuesday in Halifax. Based on current forecasts, Nova Scotia Power estimates fuel rates will increase by only one to 1.5 per cent per year from 2017 to 2019, Hanf said. ‟This includes Maritime Link (hydroelectricity transmission system) costs,” he said during a news conference announcing the utility’s plan to address future electricity…

Council tries to ease tax shock

City to ask province for freedom to set business assessments REMO ZACCAGNA STAFF REPORTER rzaccagna@herald.ca @RemoZaccagna The Chronicle Herald – November 11, 2015 Edition Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking greater autonomy to set tax rates and make changes as a means to help small businesses struggling with high assessments. Regional council’s committee of the whole passed a motion Tuesday, put forward by Coun. Waye Mason, authorizing Mayor Mike Savage to write to Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill to amend the municipality’s charter to give council legislative authority to determine and set rates and make changes to the assessment process. The…