Before he’s done as Public School Board chairman, Michael Janz has one last big change he’d like to make.
In a blog post, Janz says he’ll be putting forward a motion at the February 28 board meeting, advocating to the province to eliminate the designation of Education Property taxes.
In the post, Janz says many Albertans believe their decision to designate their Education Property taxes to the public or separate school system makes a financial impact on the money to hire teachers or build new schools. However, he says that’s not the case.
He writes it’s an anachronism left over from when school boards had taxation powers to control their own funding. Now, municipalities collect those taxes, which are then pooled into the general revenue of the provincial government.
Janz says the only real way to make sure your tax money is going to a particular system is to enroll your children in that system, as enrollment is the only thing that affects how much funding is provided by the government.