No Free Lunches

Commentary, Taxation, Frontier Centre

A famous economist once said: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. He was right. So beware of elected officials who skirt the sad results of excessive property taxation by offering high profile “freebies”. It’s another reason your house in Winnipeg suffers from the lowest property values in Canada.

Fixing Winnipeg’s Urban Sprawl

Commentary, Urbanization, Frontier Centre

People can escape paying their share by moving to lower-tax communities just outside the perimeter: they simply work and consume services in Winnipeg without paying for them. As the city’s population falls, capital and operating costs are spread over fewer people. Taxes must then go up, but this stimulates even more flight to the exurbs. And so on.