Elected officials to blame for property tax bill errors, union says

The union representing the province's civil servants says elected officials are to blame for errors that saw more than 2,000 New Brunswickers receive increased property tax bills.

New Brunswick Union president Susie Proulx-Daigle says the problem stems from government's decision to roll out an automated assessment system rather than phase it in over a two to three year period, and not with assessors.

Earlier this week the province said it would create an independent agency to oversee property assessments -- a decision Proulx-Daigle says has some ServiceNB employees worried about their future.

The province also announced an independent review of the matter by a retired judge whose findings are expected in August.

(with files from the Telegraph-Journal)