Convention Session Highlight: Local Government Finance

Monday, September 24, 1:30-4:30 pm

Berlin taxes beer, New York City taxes banks and Toronto taxes land transfers. When it comes to local government taxation, powers and policies vary enormously across jurisdictions. Many of us know that property taxes account for over 90% of all local tax revenue in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom, but who knew the largest source of local taxes in 14 European countries is the income tax – and accounts for over 90% of local taxes in the Czech Republic?

Join us for this pre-Conference session on Local Government Finance where Dr. Harry Kitchen, Professor of Economics at Trent University, will walk us through the world of local revenues across Canada and around the world. Dr. Kitchen is and one of Canada's leading experts in the field of local government finance, and has published numerous books, articles and papers on various subjects related to local government revenues, expenditures and structure. We are thrilled to have him speak at this pre-conference session – to put BC local government revenue and expenditures into perspective, provide us with some examples of revenue tools in other jurisdictions, and share his thoughts on the best ways to align local government revenues with spending responsibilities.

The session will also provide an update on local government finance work underway in BC, including the recently concluded review of major industrial taxation, the Expert Panel on Taxation, and the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development's internal local government revenue review. In addition, UBCM will provide a preview of what we're planning for next year on the local government finance front. Hope to see you there.

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