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Savage hopeful for remote council meeting next week to discuss property taxes

Now that the province has declared a state of emergency, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says council has the power to hold meetings remotely, using technology like a conference or video call
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Halifax City Hall (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The municipality is working towards holding a remote council meeting next week, when the mayor says discussions surrounding property tax will likely take place. 

Now that the province has declared a state of emergency, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage says council has the power to hold meetings remotely, using technology like a conference or video call. 

Savage says staff it working to arrange a remote meeting next week, when he expects every councillor will want to discuss any possible amendments that can be made to property taxes for residential and non-residential properties. 

Savage says the municipality is going to work to make the meeting as transparent as possible. 

"As long as we can get people to see what's happening at council in an open and transparent way, we'll do the best that we can," said Savage. "We'll certainly more than meet the provincial stipulation and we will record the council meetings. If there's a way that we can have people watch at the same time we'd like that, we just don't know if that ideal technology exists yet."

Savage says around 85 per cent of revenue for the municipality comes from property taxes, and other main sources have already been waved, like transit fares and parking fees.


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