Spontaneous applause broke out when Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler mentioned school taxes.
However, his desire to “get rid of this education tax on farmland” was not matched by any commitment to being able to achieve it.
“It’s not an easy fix,” Eichler told the Keystone Agricultural Producers annual convention Jan. 24.
“We recognize it. We understand it. Do we have a solution at this point? We don’t have an extra billion dollars, but our first priority will be on farmland.”
School taxes on farmland are a perennial problem in prairie farm politics, but the concern has grown greater as farmland values have soared, forcing their proportion of some local municipal tax bases to also increase.
However, a committee is examining the issue.