Coeur des Vallées School Board Tax rate
The Coeur des Vallées school board 2017-2018 school tax bill rate is $0.31/$100 of valuation for Lac Gagnon property owners who pay their taxes to that board, up 7% from last year’s rate of $0.29/$100.
Western Quebec School Board Tax Rate
The tax rate at the Western Quebec board (http://cswq.wqsb.qc.ca/) is $0.137/$100 of valuation. The difference between the two school boards is significant (230% more). For example, for a Lac Gagnon property valued at $250,000, it is $437.
For property owners who are able to do so, i.e. they have no school-aged children, there are very attractive financial reasons for switching. The Western Quebec School Board even has an on-line form for this purpose. In a letter included in this year’s tax bill, the Coeur des Vallées school board explained that it had to increase its rate because some 3,000 taxpayers have elected to change school boards. The rate gap can only be expected to increase.
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