Looking for tax ex­emp­tions

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON cshan­non@cb­post.com

Six com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions have been given ap­proval to seek tax ex­empt sta­tus from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

SYD­NEY — Six com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions have been given ap­proval to seek tax ex­empt sta­tus from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

CBRM fi­nance di­rec­tor Marie Walsh re­leased a list of ad­di­tions to the tax ex­empt list that in­cludes churches, vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments, mu­se­ums and se­niors clubs.

The groups must pro­vide its fi­nan­cial state­ments and prove its value to the com­mu­nity be­fore a com­mit­tee of se­nior CBRM ad­min­is­tra­tors.

The cor­po­rate ser­vices com­mit­tee ap­proved the Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for Craft and De­sign, the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Alder Point, Tran­si­tion House, Har­vest House min­istries, as well as the Point Aconi Road De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Mil­lville.

In early Jan­uary the Cape Bre­ton Post re­ported on the dire fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tions of the Mil­lville and Point Aconi de­vel- op­ment as­so­ci­a­tions due to a fail­ure to pay back prop­erty taxes. Both groups have been taxed at the com­mer­cial rate.

The Mil­lville com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion owed $17,809.84 and the Point Aconi com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion had $ 23,253.60 ow­ing in back taxes to the CBRM. Both groups were slated for a CBRM tax sale Jan. 28, how­ever the CBRM fi­nance depart­ment at­tempted to work out a so­lu­tion for the groups.

Both Jake Link and Blair Jes­some, the pres­i­dents of the Mil­lville and Point Aconi as­soci- ations re­spec­tively, had said there was no at­tempt to pay the hefty tax bills be­cause area coun­cil­lor Wes Stub­bert said he would take care of the sit­u­a­tion.

Walsh said at the time that both groups shouldn’t have ig­nored over­due tax no­tices and still owed the mu­nic­i­pal­ity the back taxes. She said the as­so­ci­a­tions could set them­selves up as se­niors and pen­sion­ers clubs by chang­ing their groups’ names to qual­ify for tax ex­empt sta­tus.

At Mon­day’s com­mit­tee meet­ing Walsh said the CBRM is ex­empt­ing their back taxes like the other se­niors and pen­sion­ers clubs in the same cat­e­gory.

But she now says a name change isn’t re­ally nec­es­sary.

“ To change the name to get a tax ex­emp­tion didn’t make sense to me,” she said.

“ We’re bas­ing it on what ac­tiv­i­ties they pro­vide to the com­mu­nity and what their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion is.”

A pro­posed ex­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions tax ex­emp­tion by­law will be brought be­fore coun­cil for first read­ing later in the month.

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