In July 2023, residents of Twillingate, Newfoundland, started a petition to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs on what they claim is unfair assessment value on their properties.
They state that the property assessments are causing stress and high taxes “at a time when residents are struggling to deal with soaring cost of basic necessities. “Governments can’t tax seasonal working towns into prosperity,” they state.
Their town is made up of primarily senior citizens and those on fixed incomes. They state, “Many people only work seasonal jobs and cannot stand further tax increases.” They are asking for a rollback on the taxes that were implemented in 2023.
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.