Ontario municipal leaders are calling for a 1-per-cent hike in the HST that would raise $2.5-billion a year for local infrastructure. After several months of internal debate, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario officially launched a campaign Monday in favour of the idea at a convention in Ottawa. The proposal would see Ontario raise its share of the Harmonized Sales Tax from 8 per cent to 9 per cent. The federal share would remain unchanged at five per cent, raising the total sales tax to 14 per cent.
Association of Municipalities of Ontario are now seeking input on a proposal they are calling the Local Share, a new 1% sales tax dedicated to help fund critical local services like roads, bridges and transit. The goal is to reduce the pressure on property tax increases and provide municipal governments with a more diverse source of revenues that can help us build stronger communities.
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