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An idea to shift a portion of Saskatoon’s property tax burden towards businesses and away from residents was met with concern from some city councillors.

Ward 7 councillor Mairin Loewen recommended shifting the ratio between residential and business property tax, so businesses would pay more.

City administration said the ratio change would increase taxes for businesses by just over four per cent and drop residential property taxes by two per cent.

Councillors Darren Hill, Randy Donhauer and Troy Davies were among the councillors concerned about businesses not being consulted.

“This is not good governance. This is not the way that we do business,” Hill, who represents Ward 1, said.

“This is reckless and I cannot support it.”

“The biggest thing that makes me nervous about this, is that there isn’t one person to here that can speak to this and that’s wrong,” said Donhauer, who represents Ward 5.

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