School year ends with no NDP tax relief for school districts

 

VICTORIA (June 29, 2018) – As students celebrate the end of the school year across British Columbia, school districts will spend the summer trying to find funds to cover the massive tax bills the NDP will be sending their way.

“As school districts look ahead to next year, they see this huge tax threat looming— yet they don’t hear any reassurance from the Education Minister that any relief is coming,” says Dan Davies, Education Critic for the Official Opposition. “The NDP’s employer health tax, an MSP-replacement tax, will force them to make classroom cuts or other tough decisions to pay for a tax they weren’t told to plan for.”

While B.C.’s larger school districts will see the biggest hit, in the millions, Davies notes smaller communities are not immune either.

“Rural communities like those in my riding of Peace River North already cope with unique challenges, and this employer health tax certainly puts an additional stress on local school administrators.”

Davies is repeating his call for Education Minister Rob Fleming to exempt school districts from the NDP’s punishing employer health tax.

Meanwhile, Davies is wishing everyone a safe and wonderful summer at the conclusion of the school year.

“On behalf of the Official Opposition I’d like to thank teachers, staff, students and parents for their hard work this past year. I hope you enjoy quality time relaxing with loved ones over the next couple of months, and we look forward to another great school year in September.”