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Massive WorkSafe NB rate increases are bad for residents and unsustainable for municipalities

Massive WorkSafe NB rate increases announced in the middle of municipal budget season are bad for residents and unsustainable for municipalities, says the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick. For municipalities like Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton, it means sudden cost increases of approx. $1 M […]

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Restoration of municipal by-elections is a victory for local democracy

The Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick is celebrating Elections New Brunswick’s announcement that municipal by-elections are being restored to December 2018. “This is a victory for municipalities and a victory for local democracy. Thank you to Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth for listening to our […]

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Cancelled by-elections hurt local democracy

FREDERICTON – Elections NB (ENB) has told municipalities that municipal byelections scheduled for December 3 2018, will be delayed “due to the results of the September 24, 2018, provincial general elections, in order for Elections New Brunswick to be able to plan for any contingency.” The Union […]

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Elimination of “one-third” tax exemption for municipal elected officials: Guide

The federal 1/3 tax exemption for municipal elected officials will end on January 1, 2019. This change will have a significant impact on the after-tax compensation of municipal elected leaders. In collaboration with UMNB and other municipal associations, FCM has produced a guide [Link] for municipalities about […]

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Municipal leaders gather at UMNB’s 2018 Annual Conference

Mayors and councillors from across New Brunswick are gathering for the first time since Monday’s election at the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick’s 2018 Annual Conference on September 28-30 in Fredericton. “New Brunswick’s municipalities are facing major challenges, from climate change to changing demographics,” said […]

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Election 2018: People’s Alliance of NB platform on municipal issues

The People’s Alliance election 2018 platform includes promises that would affect municipalities, including tax reform and reviewing “equal opportunity” payments to municipalities to ensure they are fair and efficient. PANB has said “assessments would fall to each municipality.” Currently, property assessments are done by Service NB. Responsibilities […]

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Election 2018: NB NDP election platform on municipal issues

The NB NDP election 2018 platform includes promises on municipal priorities, including property taxes and housing. According to the platform, the NB NDP would create a Property Tax Commission with a series of questions, including how property taxes should be distributed to municipalities. Property taxes are the […]

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UMNB surveys provincial candidates: How will you help New Brunswick’s municipalities?

How will you help New Brunswick’s municipalities meet today’s challenges and build the communities we love? That’s the question the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick is asking candidates in the September 24thelection. “We’re asking mayors and councilors to ask their local candidates how they will help our communities,“ said UMNB […]

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Election 2018: Progressive Conservative Platform on municipal issues

UMNB applauds the Progressive Conservative’s acknowledgement that municipalities should get a share of revenues from legalized cannabis, and election commitment to give municipalities more authority and power over taxation. In their municipal platform for Election 2018, the Progressive Conservatives promised to: Overhaul the Local Governance Act to give municipalities […]

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Election 2018: Green Party of NB platform on municipal issues

UMNB applauds the NB Green Party’s position that New Brunswick’s communities need the power to shape their futures, and that good governance begins at the local level. The Green Party 2018 election platform, released on August 27, includes a promise to increase the authority of municipalities and […]

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