WINNIPEG – It’s official, school taxes are going up again this year for every homeowner in Winnipeg.
All six Winnipeg school divisions have now passed budgets that include tax increases.
The largest division, Winnipeg School Division, passed its budget last night. It includes a 3.89% tax increase.
That works out to $52 on a $203,000 average home.
The division originally presented three options for tax increases. The larger the tax hike, the fewer programs would be cut. The board wound up picking the middle option but say key programs for kids will be protected because of savings found in other areas such as transportation.
The total budget in that division is now over 400 million with teachers and their salaries accounting for most of it.
Taxes Up In Other Divisions
Homeowners in St. James are being hit the hardest by a 5.6% increase.
School taxes are going up 4.4% in Louis Riel, 3.5% in Seven Oaks, 2.8% in Pembina Trails and 2.7% in River East Transcona.
The amount of extra money you’ll be asked to pay depends on the cost of your home.
The provincial government is giving public education less new money this year as it struggles to cut into the deficit. Funding increased by $13 million dollars this year but that only works out to a one per cent increase, less than the rate of inflation.