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MacDonald Requests Interest Rate Reduction – “People Before Profits”

Large interest charges on overdue property tax bills should be reduced immediately, says Liberal Finance Critic Heath MacDonald.

“Many Islanders continue to cope with a high degree of uncertainty – adding sky-high interest charges to property tax bills only adds to that anxiety,” MacDonald said.

Right now, the province is charging 18 per cent interest on any late bills.

“Even during a normal time, this rate of interest is far too high – especially since the prime rate is less than 2.5 per cent."

“A pandemic is no time for government to put profits before people.”

MacDonald said a more appropriate rate for late property taxes is probably about four per cent.

“After the province allowed property owners to defer property taxes, it was clear that a number of Islanders would struggle to catch up. These are conscientious people who want to pay – but legitimately wonder why they have to pay so much interest to keep up with their responsibilities.”

Media Contact:

Marcia Beck

Office of the Third Party


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