The sharing of federal gas taxes and elimination of thebusiness Occupancy Assessment Tax are two areas where municipalities and the province need to co-operate said Premier John Hamm. The premier made this statement today, Sept. 22, at the opening of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Annual Meeting in Truro. “As a province, we can’t meet all of your expectations,” said Premier Hamm. “The important thing is we understand your communities’ needs and work with you in a spirit of compromise and co-operation to help address them over time.” The premier made a commitment to bring forward legislation to eliminate the Business Occupancy Assessment Tax in the spring of 2005. The elimination of the tax has been studied for more than 10years. A recent round of consultations will soon be made public, and an impact study commissioned shortly thereafter. “Let’s commit to work together in a spirit of co-operation tofind a fair and balanced alternative,” said Premier Hamm. The province will not be clawing back any portion of federal gas tax revenues that flow to municipal units as part of the federal government’s urban agenda, but will be looking to ensure that all those dollars go into needed infrastructure projects.