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Shaping a Sustainable Future

We will shape a sustainable future for Saint John and a more prosperous outlook for New Brunswick. We can achieve this through thoughtful and timely municipal reform, much greater policy alignment, local revenue generation authority and strategic implementation and transitional support from the Province of New Brunswick.

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THE COST PROBLEM

WHY IS THERE A GROWING IMBALANCE OF FUNDS?

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The City of Saint John is facing a "structural" deficit. Each year, expenses are increasing by about 3% while revenues (from tax-base growth) only average an increase of 1%.

Provincial legislation limits municipalities' ability to generate more revenue - the City can only increase its revenue through population growth and more property taxes.

The imbalance, we must continue to focus on controlling costs, growing the tax base and diversifying revenue sources. Read more...

ACHIEVING LONG-TERM FINANCIAL STABILITY

WHY DO WE NEED PROVINCIAL REFORM?

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Municipal revenues in New Brunswick are largely controlled by the Provincial Government, which collects and distributes property taxes. The only element that municipalities control is the tax rate.

Saint John's tax rate is already the highest in New Brunswick and has not changed since 2008. Increasing it further would place a greater burden on city residents.

We need legislative changes by the Province that empower municipalities to find new sources of revenue, keep more local tax dollars in Saint John and better control costs.

City of Saint John 2019 Revenue Breakdown

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Restructuring Plan - City Manager Report to Common Council (Dec. 2, 2019)

 Budget 101: See how your tax dollars are invested in City services.
PARTNERING FOR GROWTH

STRONGER CITIES, STRONGER PROVINCE

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Saint John, along with the Cities of New Brunswick Association, is advocating for provincial reforms necessary to make the city and province stronger.

Through fundamental reforms, the City of Saint John will begin to see greater financial benefit for citizens, more sustainable services for the region, and growth.

  1. Property tax reforms that better reflect and support municipal costs.
  2. Legislation that enables greater innovation and opportunity for revenue generation.
  3. Regionalization of overlapping services.
  4. Shared costs for regionally-used services and facilities.
  5. Binding arbitration that accounts for the municipality's ability to pay.

Read more...

Search of Balance - Strengthening NB's Municipalities to Benefit New Brunswick
(Cities of New Brunswick Association White Paper)