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HST Will Cost BC Boards Of Education Money. Why Does That Sound Familiar?

November 10, 2009

One would think that the BC Liberals would learn from the last time they implemented a new tax, the Carbon Tax, that Boards of Education would be affected.  Alas, it looks like they didn’t.

According to a letter sent to the government by the British Columbia Association of School Business Officials, an organization that represents Secretary-Treasurers and their staff, the new HST will cost Boards of Education $24 million annually to cover items previously exempt from the PST.

What does this mean? Well, combined with other cutbacks to Boards of Education such as the cancellation of the $100 million Annual Facilities Grants, the result is going to be less money and resources going to funding classrooms.

Of course, there might be some hope for Boards of Education in regards to getting a HST rebate. After all,the BC Liberals did eventually organize a carbon tax rebate for Boards of Education. Of course, there are concerns that the costs of  administration required in order to get the Carbon Tax rebate will further cut into money needed to obtain resources for classrooms. Either way, one would really think that the BC Liberals would have chosen to think about Boards of Education when deciding to implement an HST.

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