Deputy mayor riled over fine revenue sharing payments
Fredericton's deputy mayor says taxpayers need to know about what he considers yet another tax grab by the province. Stephen Chase says Fredericton, as well as other cities, are not being treated fairly under the municipal fine revenue sharing program. City police officers hand out fines for provincial offences and municipal staff collect the money -- 50-percent of that fine revenue is to be given back to the city. Chase says last year the city was supposed to get close to $240,000, but after the province held back money for court security and prisoner transfer costs, the amount was about $36,000. But he points out we really didn't even get that as it cost the city $58,000 to issue the tickets in the first place. He says fair is fair.
Chase says taxpayers should be outraged and demand the revenue be distributed more fairly.