The municipal fiscal system in Quebec is highly dependent on property tax. This relationship encourages urban sprawl and gentrification.
Because property tax represents the only efficient way for cities in the Montreal region to raise more revenues, have they fallen into a business mindset, busy contesting against each other in an urban sprawl race in perpetual need of more revenues?
Is this situation a fertile environment for corruption? What can change things for the better? What’s in store for municipal revenues in the future?
The goal of the panel is to bring knowledge and awareness on the property tax dependency issue, but mainly to better understand the possible policy outcomes of municipal revenues diversification in Quebec for the coming decade.