Property taxes are becoming a huge cost in the Lower Mainland--especially for seniors living in homes that they bought a long time ago. Surely in this age of accessible data it would be possible for the province/municipalities to extend at least the seniors grant to those who have owned their homes for long enough to have previously qualified for a homeowner grant. Even if seniors lost the homeowner grant because of rising appraisals, they could get some relief through the seniors grant. Or are governments wanting to hold on to all of the new tax revenue?
Without some property tax relief, some seniors may be forced to move into care homes at a higher cost to the public purse. Is this not counter to the 'best at home' trend for senior care?