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Farmland school tax reforms may be coming

KAP officials sense the Manitoba government might make changes during its current mandate

There was good and bad news on farmland taxes at the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ (KAP) advisory council meeting here July 13. The bad news is KAP hasn’t convinced a single municipality or the Manitoba government to implement changes to reduce the tax burden on farmland. The good news is there are signs reforms to education

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Education taxes to be looked at under review

A review of Manitoba’s education system could change 
how schools are funded, but details are scant

For years, farmers have called on the province to change how public schools are funded and to remove education tax from farmland. Now, it appears a funding overhaul could finally be on the table. After being questioned by NDP MLA Wab Kinew during a supply committee meeting last week, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart


Dan Mazier is president of Keystone Agricultural Producers.

A seat at the table

KAP isn’t calling for a carbon tax, it’s recognizing one is coming

A carbon tax is coming — that has been made perfectly clear by the federal government. However, instead of waiting for a tax to be placed on us by Ottawa, the Manitoba government has opted to develop a made-in-Manitoba solution — something that’s in the works now. During this development process, KAP is striving to

Rob Brunel, Ste. Rose Municipality mayor and farmer.

Need for tax reform raised at Association of Manitoba Municipalities convention

Provincial finance minister says province is looking at “some bold new ideas on the subject” while also seeking ways 
to ease tax pressure on farmers in the shorter term

Municipal leaders made a plea to the province’s new government last week to rethink how property is assessed as a way of reducing a widening gulf between urban and rural taxpayers’ property taxes. Mayor of Ste. Rose Municipality and farmer Rob Brunel was among the first to the microphones as Premier Brian Pallister and his provincial cabinet assembled

Dugald farmer Edgar Scheurer told the KAP advisory council the “entire (education taxation) system needs to be changed instead of seeking “band-aid solutions.”

KAP says fund education through income tax and residences

Farmers complain about skyrocketing tax increases on farmland, even though province-wide 
they are up only 15 per cent on average, according to a Manitoba government official

Keystone Agricultural Producers members have taken their stance on education tax reform one step further and are calling for the funds to be raised through income tax and a tax on residences. That adds to their long-standing call for removing the heavy tax burden on farmland and production buildings, and came during their annual advisory


Local politicians say any solution to the land tax question has to come from the provincial government.

Tax protest in RM of Springfield

Organizers want the Manitoba government to remove education taxes on farmland

Landowners in the RM of Springfield are refusing to pay land taxes they say have jumped unreasonably, more than doubling in some cases. They’re hoping to see the province reconsider the way it collects education taxes from farmland, says Dugald farmer Edgar Scheurer, who first suggested Manitoba farmers take action in a Facebook posting “It

Manitoba farmers are all worked up over massive farmland tax increases, but they’re not ready to engage in a tax revolt just yet.

Farmers fail to rally to tax revolt talk

But some want to know why their property taxes have 
more than doubled in a year

If farmland property taxes are too high, don’t pay them. That’s what Dugald farmer Edgar Scheurer suggested while commenting on Facebook about Manitoba Co-operator stories on skyrocketing farmland taxes. Is Scheurer, who faces a 95 per cent jump in his Rural Municipality of Springfield tax bill, seriously suggesting a tax revolt or being facetious? Although

Manitoba government seeking solutions to tax shift to high-value farmland

Manitoba government seeking solutions to tax shift to high-value farmland

Tax increases may affect industry stability

The Manitoba government and Association of Manitoba Municipalities are aware of a shocking rise in property taxes facing some Manitoba farmers. Both are exploring what can be done, but officials didn’t provide any potential solutions when interviewed last week. “Yeah, it is causing concern without a doubt,” Eileen Clarke, minister of indigenous and municipal relations,


As Manitoba farmers take off the crop, some are getting an unpleasant surprise in the mail in the form of a much larger-than-expected land tax bill.

Manitoba farmers see shocking jump in land taxes

Some say it’s unfair that the big jump in land values is shifting 
the municipal tax burden to farmers

Some Manitoba farmers are getting an unpleasant surprise when they open their 2016 farmland property tax bills. “I swallowed hard and wondered what was going on,” said Lowe Farm farmer Bill Toews in an interview. “I was shocked at the amount of increase, and not just in the education tax, but in municipal tax as

A reaper and thresher in one machine?

A reaper and thresher in one machine?

Our History: July 1927

The July 1927 issue of The Grain Growers’ Guide featured some ads for a new concept in harvesting — combining the reaping and threshing in a single machine. Below this ad for the Massey-Harris version was another ad for a more questionable product, the “wonderful new Vapour Humidifier and Gas Saver,” which purported to increase